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Support St. Jude in Central & Southern Illinois and Iowa

Join local supporters in Peoria, Bloomington-Normal and all across Central & Southern Illinois and Iowa to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® continue its lifesaving mission of finding cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Attend an upcoming event, volunteer, fundraise and get connected with St. Jude in Central & Southern Illinois.

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Upcoming events in Central Illinois

Connect with your local community at one of these upcoming events and join St. Jude in fighting childhood cancer. Click on an event below for more details.


St. Jude Run, Ride and Drive


St. Jude Corvette Drive

St. Jude Corvette Drive logo

May 16 – 17, 2024

The St. Jude Corvette Drive was founded in 2012 and has raised $2.1 million to date. Every year, Corvette drivers and St. Jude supporters depart from Peoria, St. Louis, Louisville, and Nashville for the trip to Memphis, where they stay the first night in Dyersburg, TN and then drive through the St. Jude campus the following day. 

Drive a Corvette to St. Jude


St. Jude Runs

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July 20, 2024

St. Jude Runs is an annual charity event that raises funds for the mission of St. Jude. You can run for more than a time, a record, or a medal – you can run for hope. Since its 1982 inception, the St. Jude Runs has raised over $82.1 million to bring us one step closer to our own finish line: one that ensures that no child should die in the dawn of life.

Run for St. Jude


St. Jude Rides

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September 12 – 13, 2024

St. Jude Rides is an annual charity event that raises funds for the mission of St. Jude. In 2007, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts took to the road, traveling 465 miles from Peoria, IL, to Memphis, TN to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since this inception, the St. Jude Rides have taken to the road each fall and raised over $10.5 million for the kids of St. Jude

Ride a Motorcycle St. Jude


St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway - Peoria

Every ticket helps St. Jude kids and the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.® And because of the support of people like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—so they can focus on helping their child live.

View the Peoria Dream Home


St. Jude Evening with the Stars

For years, Central Illinois has gathered together to celebrate and raise funds at the annual St. Jude Evening with the Stars Gala in Peoria, Illinois. With your support, this gala has grown into a major fundraising event supporting St. Jude. We hope you join us on Friday, April 26, 2024.

Learn More about Evening with the Stars


St. Jude Telethon

For 47 years, the St. Jude Telethon has served as the culminating event for Central & Southern Illinois’ year-round fundraising campaigns. The Telethon features the finish line for the St. Jude Runs program as well as check presentations from year-round fundraising events. We are eager to welcome VIPs and Sponsors to the Peoria Civic Center this year as they faithfully support the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®

Learn More about the St. Jude Telethon


Jeep Creep for St. Jude

The 5th Annual Jeep Creep for St. Jude, taking place on Saturday, August 17, 2024, is an annual charity event that raises funds for the mission of St. Jude. Your participation in this event isn’t just another jeep ride — it's a jeep ride with purpose. Every child deserves a chance to live their best life and celebrate every moment. When you support St. Jude, you can help make cures possible for kids with cancer. Together, we can save more lives.

Learn More about Jeep Creep for St. Jude


St. Jude Walk/Run®

Join us in September 2024 in Bloomington-Normal for our annual St. Jude Walk/Run®! Featuring a 1-Mile Walk, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, the St. Jude Walk/Run® is an inspiring, family-friendly event that unites people across the nation in support of St. Jude, which is leading a global effort to understand, treat, and defeat pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Learn More about Walk/Run


Be a St. Jude Hero®

Become a St. Jude Hero® and fundraise for the children and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® while you train for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and more.

Be a St. Jude Hero®


St. Jude cares for some of the world’s sickest children regardless of their race, ethnicity, beliefs, or ability to pay. Our patients receive the customized care they need to treat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, no matter what barriers they may face.


St. Jude patient Eri'Elle

Patient Eri'Elle smiles with her hands under her chin while wearing a toy stethoscope.

St. Jude stories from Central Illinois, Southern Illinois and Iowa

Board of Directors


St. Jude Midwest Leadership Board

Chairman of the Board: Rich Unes 
Vice Chairman of the Board: Michael D. McCoy 
President: John Kocher 
Past President: Steve Gardner 
Vice President: Jeff Ward 
Secretary: Liz Wilson 
Treasurer: John McKinty

Board Members

Lupe Alcala  •  Ryan Beck  •  Andrew Black  •  Kevin Callis  •  Tim Campbell  •  Scott Elger  •  James Fisher  •  George Ghareeb  •  Charity Gunn  •  James Ingold  •  Michael Joseph  •  Scott Lewis  •  Jodi Lindsay  •  Michael Maloof  •  Scott Martin  •  Julie May  •  Travis Mohlenbrink    •  Kevin Pautler  •  Ryan Pierson  •  Dr. Thomas Rashid  •  Rick Semonis  •  Eric Shane  •  Annette Slyman  •  Chris Snodgrass  •  Libby Swearingen  •  Spencer Swearingen  •  Emily Weeks  •  Ryan Whitehouse

National ALSAC/St. Jude Board Members

Michael D. McCoy  •  Rich Unes

ALSAC Leadership Board

Kevin Pautler  •  Rick Semonis

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Get connected

Contact us directly to get involved and find ways to connect. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date about the exciting events in Central & Southern Illinois and Iowa.

Peoria, Illinois
4722 N. Sheridan Rd.
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: (309) 566-3500

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St. Jude Runs participants run on the St. Jude campus.

St. Jude supporters from Central Illinois finish their St. Jude Runs experience on the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® campus in Memphis.


Volunteer with St. Jude

Fill out the form to learn about the ways you can donate your time to help St. Jude.

Plan your giving

You can support the children of St. Jude in the way that best suits your financial and personal goals.

IRAs, donor-advised funds, stocks, gift annuities, trusts and more — choose the planned giving option that is right for you, and your generosity will help children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Email Rodrigo Leanos or visit the link below for more planned giving options.

Plan Your Giving


Explore workplace giving

Give with purpose by creating opportunities for your organization's team members to donate to St. Jude through their work.

Set up your workplace giving program by establishing employee giving, matching gifts, workplace fundraisers, or giving through federal or state campaigns.

Connect with Jill Libert or click the button below to learn more about your workplace giving options.

Learn About Workplace Giving


Every dollar makes a difference*

  1. ... could help provide two rehab balls for physical therapy*

    Rehab balls help patients regain strength and mobility after undergoing treatment of cancer.

    Donate $50

  2. ... could help provide chemotherapy IV tubing sets*

    A $100 donation could provide five chemotherapy IV tubing sets sized especially to help children receive treatment.*

    Donate $100

  3. ... could help provide one day of oxygen for a St. Jude patient*

    St. Jude patients may need oxygen to help their bodies function properly and aid in healing.

    Donate $250

  4. ... could help provide four walkers for St. Jude patients*

    Walkers provide St. Jude patients with stability and support, making it easier for them to walk after surgery.

    Donate $500

  5. ... could help cover about two-thirds of the cost of one day of chemotherapy*

    Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today.

    Donate $1,000

  6. ... could help provide an ultrasound study for a St. Jude patient*

    An ultrasound study is among the diagnostic imaging tests that doctors use to diagnose and monitor disease and treatment.

    Donate $2,500

  7. ... could help cover the cost of the daily room rate of the ICU*

    The Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude has twice been recognized with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In 2009, the St. Jude ICU became Tennessee’s first ICU to win the honor.

    Donate $5,000

  8. Support of our mission

    Any amount supports kids around the world. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save even more children.*

    Donate Any Amount


When you make a donation using this information, your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures.  Items listed here are representative of services and supplies that are part of the treatment and care of children at St. Jude.  The cost of each item or service is an approximation, and will vary based on actual costs incurred and individual patient needs.  Your donation will be used for the general operating needs of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.


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