Every day I am touched and humbled by the extraordinary generosity of our donors and volunteers, who give so much to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In the past month, hundreds of supporters attended the St. Jude Gourmet Gala in Washington, D.C., as well as the St. Jude Legends for Charity event during Super Bowl weekend that honored sportscaster John Madden and gave St. Jude patient Austin a chance to interview Peyton Manning live. We saw dozens of radiothons around the country share the work of St. Jude and encourage listeners to join our mission. And an entire community of St. Jude friends in Minden, Louisiana, rallied to raise more than $1.4 million for St. Jude during their 40th annual Minden Auction.
Now, thanks to our NBA supporters, St. Jude will be center court March 20 – 27 during Hoops for St. Jude.
This great partnership showcases our groundbreaking research and lifesaving treatment during a special week-long celebration, when teams, players and fans all come together to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude.
But their commitment doesn’t stop there. The Memphis Grizzlies are long-time supporters of St. Jude, and many NBA teams, while in Memphis to play the Grizzlies, now make St. Jude a regular stop in their busy team schedules, taking time to visit with patients and their families. We are truly grateful to everyone in the NBA for their continued support.
It is because of this generous support — and the heartfelt support of so many of you — that St. Jude can continue our mission to find cures for the diseases that threaten young lives.
And each of you does make a difference. Consider Adam, an amazing young man who is battling cancer at St. Jude. He created an army — Adam’s Army — to help tackle cancer head on by raising funds for St. Jude. He recruited friends and family to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in nine cities last September, raising more than $25,000 for the hospital. Other efforts by Adam’s Army in 2015 raised additional support, and Adam and his family recently presented St. Jude with a check for almost $140,000.
You can join Adam and other St. Jude supporters at this year’s St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Registration for the event, which will be held in 61 communities across the country, is now open. Gather friends, families and coworkers to sign up; together we can help St. Jude end childhood cancer.
ALSAC is the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.