TKE member with St. Jude patients

Chapters of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE) across the country are raising funds 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."

In 2011, TKE pledged to raise $1 million in five years towards the naming of an MRI suite in the Chili’s Care Center on the St. Jude campus. TKE met this goal a whole year early.  TKE is further strengthening its philanthropic commitment to St. Jude. At the beginning of 2016, TKE pledged to raise $2.6 million towards the naming of the proton therapy synchrotron/particle accelerator in the Red Frog Proton Therapy Center. TKE’s goal is to reach this commitment within six years.

TKE members (or Tekes) can get involved by hosting a fundraising event on their campus, participating in the collegiate program St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn, making a team for the St. Jude Walk/Run To End Childhood Cancer, participating in No Shave for St. Jude Kids or by volunteering at local events in their areas.

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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.

Danny Thomas TKE

TKE member with St. Jude patients Abigail and Gio

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 disease and other life-threatening illnesses. TKE chapters across the country are raising funds to support the dream of Danny that "no child should die in the dawn of life."


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