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Chapters of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE) across the country are raising funds and awareness to support the dream of Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and TKE member, that "no child should die in the dawn of life."

During the 2010-2011 academic year, more than 50 TKE chapters hosted events for St. Jude and raised more than $100,000 for the kids. TKE is further strengthening its philanthropic commitment to St. Jude and has pledged to raise $1 million towards the naming of an MRI suite in the Chili’s Care Center on the St. Jude campus. TKE’s goal is to reach this commitment within five years.

TKE members (or Tekes) can get involved by hosting a fundraising event on their campus or by volunteering at local events in their areas including radiothons, St. Jude Dream Home ® giveaways, and participating in races at St. Jude Heroes events.

Help Tau Kappa Epsilon meet its commitment to raise $1 million in five years for St. Jude.

More about the history of the TKE and St. Jude partnership

More than 30 years ago, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity joined the fight against childhood cancer when Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and fraternity member from the Gamma-Nu chapter at the University of Toledo, asked his fraternity to help him with his cause. Chapters across the country raised money for St. Jude during the 1970s and 80s, before the organization partnered with another charity.

Before Thomas could make his dream of building St. Jude a reality, he garnered the help of many people from all over the world. Rock 'n' roll legend and fellow Tau Kappa Epsilon member Elvis Presley was one of Danny's early supporters who lent his talents to help raise funds for cancer-stricken children.

In 2008, TKE renewed its partnership with St. Jude to help save the lives of children with cancer, sickle cell and other life-threatening illnesses. TKE chapters across the country are raising funds and awareness to support the dream of Danny that "no child should die in the dawn of life."

For more information, please contact Sarah Carlstrom at sarah.carlstrom@stjude.org or (901) 578-2183.

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