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RA Sushi, with 13 locations in six states, is giving lovers of the popular dish an opportunity to turn their sushi craving into research to eliminate childhood cancer.
May 27 through June 2 will be designated Nicky’s Week at all RA Sushi locations with the restaurant donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of select menu items to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Menu items benefiting St. Jude:
In addition to helping St. Jude continue its life-saving work, customers will have a chance to bid on special items in silent auctions at each location including trips, entertainment packages and more.
Rich Howland, one of the founders of RA Sushi, said the purpose is to promote the research and treatment being done at St. Jude. The event is named in memory of Howland’s nephew, who was treated at St. Jude for ependymoma, a brain tumor.
Doctors discovered the tumor in December 2001. Nicky’s parents turned to St. Jude for their son’s treatment. The hospital was able to eradicate the tumor, but only for a short time. By September 2004, the cancer returned even more aggressively. At age 13, Nicky lost his battle in February 2005.
“St. Jude played a critical role during Nicky’s illness by providing state-of-the-art care and by providing important information to our family. I want to help ensure that the programs at St. Jude remain available to any family that is forced to deal with the extreme heartache associated with the serious illness of a child,” Howland said.