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St. Jude fundraising stories

Thanks to generous donations and fundraising events throughout the year, we’re able to work toward the mission that drives St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®

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2023 fundraising stories

Each year, people around the world take part in fundraisers to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Check out a roundup of some of our favorite fundraising stories from 2023!

Radio host Erica Campbell

Radio host Erica Campbell


Urban Cares for St. Jude Kids

March 2023

The year 2023 marked the 16th annual Urban Cares for St. Jude Kids broadcast fundraising event. The two-day radio event brings together numerous broadcast partners and listeners to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event raised more than $1.5 million for St. Jude kids. 

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St. Jude 5K Walk/Run 

September 2023

Each year, we hold the St. Jude 5K Walk/Run in celebration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. The event is a nationwide 5K-hybrid cancer walk/run that takes place both in-person and virtually. Participants come together in teams or individually to raise money to support children receiving treatment at St. Jude and their families. 

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Participant in the St. Jude Walk/Run
Danny Lux and St. Jude patient Ashley

Danny Lux and St. Jude patient Ashley


Promesa y Esperanza® seminar

October 2023

The Promesa y Esperanza seminar is held each year to help Spanish-format partners prepare for the Promesa y Esperanza broadcasts asking audiences to support St. Jude with monthly donations. The 2023 seminar brought together more than 250 Spanish-language media, celebrities and content creators to learn about the work being done at St. Jude.

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2023 Memphis Marathon Weekend

December 2023

As our largest single-day fundraising event, the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is one of our most anticipated fundraisers. With in-person and virtual races ranging from 5Ks to a full marathon, 2023 participants raised nearly $15 million for the children at St. Jude

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A participant in the 2023 St. Jude Memphis Marathon crosses the finish line
DrLupo broadcasting his annual Twitch streat from the St. Jude campus

Video game streamer DrLupo


DrLupo’s Build Against Cancer

December 2023

Since 2018, professional gamer, DrLupo — in conjunction with MrsDrLupo and their gaming community — has participated in DrLupo’s Build Against Cancer, a charity livestream event that features Minecraft Challenges, special guests, in-person games and more. This event allows gamers to play video games with some of their favorite creators while supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Thanks to your support, we were able to surpass our fundraising goal of $1 million. 

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 Facebook Fitness Challenges


Each month, St. Jude hosts fitness challenges on Facebook. These challenges are a fun way to get your exercise in and meet new fitness goals while raising money for the kids at St. Jude.

From pushups to squats, crunches and even dog walking challenges, these events allow users to create their own fundraising goals, with 100% of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Dog Walk Facebook challenge for St. Jude

Individual fundraising stories

When it comes to fundraising, our amazing community is dedicated to helping the kids at St. Jude. Check out some inspiring stories from individuals.

Addy and St. Jude patient CJ bring their community together to support St. Jude

Illinois girl starts St. Jude fundraiser to help best friend through cancer

When CJ became a patient at St. Jude, her friend Addy wanted to help. So she and CJ created the Cancer Dancer, an annual fundraiser for St. Jude

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Salvadoran teen organizes bake sale in Canada and hosts movie premiere to benefit St. Jude

Isabella Ramos-Berdugo, the first international student to become a member of the St. Jude Leadership Society, finds new ways to help raise funds for St. Jude where her childhood friend was treated.

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Isabella organizes bake sales and hosts movie premieres in Canada to benefit St. Jude
11-year-old Sawyer Hansen floats in the pool

At $70,000 raised and counting, 11-year-old’s swim for St. Jude makes big splash

Each year since he was 5, Sawyer Hansen has collected donations and swims one hour of laps for St. Jude. Now 11, Sawyer has raised more than $70,000 to help the kids of St. Jude.

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Why do we fundraise?

Unlike other hospitals, a majority of the funding for St. Jude comes from donations and fundraising efforts from our community of supporters. The money we raise helps us ensure families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live.

Donations help us continue working toward our goal of saving as many lives as possible. Money raised during our fundraisers goes to treatment and cutting-edge research, as well as care for patients and their families. 

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St. Jude patient Janelle with her family

St. Jude patient Janelle with her family


Your support helps save kids like Janelle

In 2021, 17-month-old Janelle was diagnosed with medulloblastoma — a brain tumor of the cerebellum. Her family came to St. Jude, where she underwent multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. In June 2023, Janelle was able to return home to Puerto Rico where she’s been reunited with her twin sister. 

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Patient Alanna stands with her arms out wide wearing a colorful dress and a smile

St. Jude patient Alanna


Write your own fundriasing stories

Interested in fundraising for St. Jude? By joining an existing fundraising event or creating your own, you can help us work toward a cure for childhood cancer and give kids around the world the chance to grow up.

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