St. Jude Telethon
For 46 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 Civic Center this year as they faithfully support the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®
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.
St. Jude Walk/Run®
Join us in September 2024 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.
St. Jude Harvest Moon
Join us on Friday, October 6, 2023 for the 7th annual St. Jude Harvest Moon! This event includes live entertainment from Patrick n Swayze, silent and live auctions, raffles, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary craft beer and wine at The Warehouse on State. This event includes exposure to 275+ local emerging leaders.
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.
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.
St. Jude Run, Ride and Drive
St. Jude Corvette Drive
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.
St. Jude Runs
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 $76.6 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.
St. Jude Rides
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 $9.3 million for the kids of St. Jude.
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 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
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
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.
4722 N. Sheridan Rd.
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: (309) 566-3500
Fill out the form to learn about the ways you can donate your time to help St. Jude.
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.
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.
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Platelet count for a St. Jude patient
Platelet counts are among the tests that doctors use to monitor patient health during treatment.
One red wagon
Wagons are the preferred mode of travel through the halls of the hospital and around campus for our younger patients.
One red blood cell transfusion
Children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases often need transfusions.
One hour of physical therapy
Physical therapy is provided to patients because children with life-threatening diseases like cancer may develop developmental, cognitive or physical impairments as a result of their illnesses and their treatments.
Parent necessities for 20 patient families
Parents who bring their children to St. Jude often leave home in a hurry and forget to pack day-to-day necessities such as shampoos, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and lotion. At Tri Delta Place, our short-term housing facility, parents can obtain these essentials free of charge.
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.
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.
Support St. Jude patients and their families
Your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures as you join St. Jude in its livesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®
* 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.