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St. Jude Minden Auction continues to break records

For 33 years, the people in the small Louisiana town of Minden have been running an auction to help raise money for the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And each year, the town of about 13,000 residents has raised more and more to help the hospital in its mission of finding cures and saving children. This year’s Minden St. Jude Auction was no exception.

Second grader learns early the joy of helping others

At the start of 8-year-old Caroline’s school year last fall, her parents introduced a big concept to the second-grader: philanthropy. How might the family, including Caroline, her older brother Chase and younger brother Harrison, help those in need? Caroline came up with an idea to collect money and chose St. Jude as the recipient.

Going the extra mile

Volunteer Mary Kilkenny will go the distance for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ... and she has. In 2007, Kilkenny ran all 26.2 miles of the Chicago Marathon and then waited tables at a fundraising event for St. Jude most of the same afternoon and evening. Exhausting for sure, but as director of the Chicago board of Friends for St. Jude, Kilkenny strives to help families of St. Jude.

Host a Halloween party for St. Jude

This Halloween you can have a spooky good time and raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Turn your Halloween party into a way to help children fighting childhood catastrophic diseases such as cancer. Plus you get a cool St. Jude T-shirt.

'Never give up on the kids'

Former St. Jude parent Charles Williams discusses how his daughter's Coming-Off-Chemo party became a St. Jude fund-raiser in her memory.

Minden, La.: Little town with the big heart

The population of Minden, La. may be only about 13,000, but the hearts of its citizens make it one of the biggest cities in America.

Red Sox fans donate to St. Jude, ask for wins

With the Boston Red Sox down three games to zero to the New York Yankees, Rhode Island psychiatrist Claude Curran sought to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help his team.

St. Jude recognizes volunteers

Each year, ALSAC/St. Jude thanks a number of groups, corporations and volunteers who play a vital role in the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and recognizes them for their dedication to finding cures and saving children.

Peoria Telethon raises more than $3 million

The event was sponsored by WEEK-TV, Bergner's and Smith Barney. Local VIPs took telephone pledges while WEEK-TV personalities Tom McIntyre, Lee Hall, Lee Ranson, Gina Morse, Mike Dimmick and the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic founder Jim Maloof ...

'Santa' visits St. Jude

In late July, patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital lined up in the hallways of the Danny Thomas Research Center, all the way past the cafeteria. Why? To see Santa Claus, of course.

"We do the things we do to help the kids."

Sam and Rhonda Hewlett of Houston, Texas, are never ones for the spotlight, especially when it comes to their volunteer work for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "We do the things we do to help the kids, not because of anything we might get for it."

St. Jude survivor becomes Up 'til Dawn ambassador

When Kathleen Brown helped organize an all-night bash at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, it wasn't just another college party. The Up 'til Dawn event was for a cause special to Brown: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Patient's mother cooks up a fund-raiser

Gemma Wupperman cooks to say "thank you" to St. Jude for saving the life of her son, Eric. It began as a simple bake sale. Today, it has evolved into a full-fledged ethnic extravaganza, a culinary delight for friends and customers ...