As the year unfolds, weekends are saved for sleeping in, watch football, and possibly go apple picking with friends. But for some, this weekend will be used to help end childhood cancer.
Every year, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital hosts its St. Jude Run/Walk to End Childhood Cancer during the month of September — childhood cancer awareness month. This year, the location changed and will take place at the Indianapolis Canal by the White River State Park at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. The participation fee is $10 and parking is an additional $5.
Junior Brooke Kistler, Delta Delta Delta philanthropy chair, made a Franklin College Students & Friends’ team for tomorrow’s event to include all students – including those involved in Greek life, athletics and commuters.
“I think [Franklin College students] should sign up to learn more about St. Jude Research Hospital,” Kistler said. “It’s based in Memphis, but once they get to know St. Jude, they are going to want to support it forever.”
St. Jude promotes the event each year to raise money to help fund the $2.2 million expenses the hospital sees everyday.
“Supporting St. Jude is important because almost everyone has been affected by cancer in some way and it’s a way to give back to others,” Kistler said.
Tomorrow will be the third time she will participate in event.
“I’m going to participate in the St.Jude walk on Saturday because I want to support St. Jude in every way I can,” Kistler said. “If that means getting up early after a long night of recruitment, then I will do it, because that is nothing compared to the long nights and struggles the patients of St. Jude and their families go through. It’s also a really fun event and it’s awesome to be around people who love and support St. Jude as much as you do.”
While visiting St. Jude this summer, senior Savannah Blevins said she experienced the struggles patients and their families go through while on their campus.
“If you think you’re having a bad day with tests, papers and projects, you don’t know what a bad day is,” Blevins said.
During Blevins’ time at the hospital, she met Olivia, a 7-year-old girl who has brain cancer. She is now a pen pal with Olivia, and Blevins sends little packages to her frequently.
“I know she is excited to get mail just as I am excited to get hers,” she said.
Senior Sam Pollock, Tau Kappa Epsilon president, said he encourages all students to take part in the fundraising event in Indianapolis tomorrow.
“St. Jude has made me realize that there is something bigger than Franklin College and my career there,” Pollock said. “The times I have had fundraising for St. Jude has been a blast because I get to spend time with friends and fight for a great cause.”