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July 17, 2021
Peoria & Bloomington, Illinois

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For 44 years, the St. Jude Telethon has given our community a way to join the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases and to further the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®

The 2021 St. Jude Telethon will be a live broadcast from the Peoria Civic Center on WEEK-TV News Channel 25. The Telethon is an opportunity for local leaders and St. Jude supporters to serve as Telethon VIPs, who are committed to raising funds for the kids of St. Jude, and are recognized during the St. Jude Telethon.


How to participate

You don't have to be a celebrity to be a VIP. All you need to do is put your passion and desire to help win the battle against childhood cancer into action. By fundraising as a St. Jude Telethon VIP, you'll be a true celebrity for kids everywhere who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.




Register as a  St. Jude Telethon VIP to get started. We'll provide you with fundraising resources and support from local St. Jude representatives.

VIP Registration




Set up your St. Jude Telethon VIP fundraising page to spread the word and ask for donations to meet your goal of $1,000. Meeting your goal will help provide the necessary funds for research and treatment at St. Jude.




On the night of the telethon, answer phones during your VIP hour and take additional pledges live on TV.


Meet St. Jude patients Smyrna and David, and take a virtual tour of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as you celebrate the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.


Meet St. Jude patient Smyrna

Meet St. Jude patient Smyrna


David has been battling cancer at St. Jude for two years, eight months. But thanks to the support of all those who believe in the life-saving mission at St. Jude, he's finally celebrating his No More Chemo Party...and finally getting to go home.

Meet St. Jude patient David


Funds raised through the St. Jude Telethon will help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.


St. Jude patient Hadley


Become a sponsor

By partnering with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and sponsoring this event, you will align your company name with the strong, nationally recognized St. Jude mission and brand, and instill pride in your employees, consumers, vendors and company executives.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Peoria – Corinne Olson
(309) 566-3500
Bloomington – Shyanne Sisk
(309) 566-3500



Chairs: James & Martha Ingold • John Kocher • Rick & Sherry Semonis


Peoria Committee

Brad Aberle • Carolyn Alaksiewicz • Mark & Leah Day • Tiffanie Duncan • Dan Evans • James Fisher • Lana Frake • Erin Hunsley • John & Kelli Janssen • Amy Jones • Sue Kelley • Todd Kollar • Mary Lynall • Joan Martin • Jennifer Oberlander Mathews • Tina Nester • Ryan Pierson • Steve & Kelly Shaw • Matt Smutz • Nicole Sudholt


Bloomington Committee

Tony Bankston • Cindy Blackburn • Kevin Callis • Ted & Nancy Hoffman • Mike Johnson • Maggie Killian • Jeff Lockenvitz • Tina Mote • Catherine Sturdyvin • Steve & Vicki Trimpe