Since 1999, Tri Delta has raised more than $74 million to support St. Jude patients and their families.
A unique partnership
Tri Delta women impact St. Jude through more than just fundraising. Collegiate members and alumna hold dynamic roles with the hospital such as staff, patients, patient families and more.
Why I chose to be a Tri Delta: Tri Delta was the obvious choice for me because of the commitment my chapter had for fundraising for St. Jude. Joining Tri Delta at Rhodes allowed me to support St. Jude and become active in my community in a variety of ways, including volunteering at the Tri Delta Place, as well as the Walk/Run efforts.
My St. Jude story: As a sophomore, I was introduced to ALSAC/St. Jude internship opportunities by my chapter’s vice president of administration, who quite literally wrote me a resume and made me apply. I am forever indebted to her because I ended up finding my passion at ALSAC/St Jude. Throughout college, I completed four internships, plus a contractor position post-grad at ALSAC/St. Jude, and gained so many professional skills along the way. Thanks to those experiences, I was able to put my best foot forward when I applied for a full-time position this year in the midst of a global pandemic, and finally land my dream job as a development specialist working with the youth team.
My biggest hope for Tri Delta and St. Jude: The St. Jude mission emphasizes a deep love for diversity through its dedication to helping children suffering from catastrophic diseases of all colors, religions or ability to pay. My biggest hope is that St. Jude and Tri Delta will continue to work together on diversity and inclusion.
Why I chose to be a Tri Delta: Tri Delta has been part of my life in many different ways —whether it be through my mom, aunts and cousins involved in the sorority, or through my experience with St. Jude. The ability to give back to the place that has saved my life twice now is a rather obvious reason to join Tri Delta. However, what really persuaded me to join was the fact that one day I would be able to walk through the halls of St. Jude not as a patient, but as a member of the Tri Delts supporting them.
My St. Jude story: At the beginning of my sophomore year in high school, I was diagnosed with stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Within a few days of my diagnosis, I was sent to St. Jude, where I underwent 54 weeks of chemotherapy and 33 days of radiation. After about a year and a half of treatment, I was sent home cancer-free; however, that freedom did not last long. At my one-year scans, I relapsed and spent about another year undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Today, I am now three months off of chemotherapy, attending college on campus, and part of the sorority that raises money for those like me!
My biggest hope for Tri Delta and St. Jude: Since coming to Clemson University, I have met several people affected by childhood cancer, not to mention many others I have met through St. Jude. My hope for Tri Delta and St. Jude is that we can one day raise enough money and be able to lower these numbers and make care for childhood cancer accessible to all.
I knew that I wanted to be a Tri Delta when I came to college so that I could advocate for the other kids of St. Jude.
- Callie Dietsch
Tri Deltas are dedicated to helping children live, scientists learn and St. Jude further its mission of finding cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
November 1999 – Tri Delta officially adopts St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as its national philanthropic partner.
In 2005, a year earlier than expected, Tri Delta raised $1 million to endow the hospital's teen rooms.
The teen rooms at St. Jude are where teenage patients can go spend time with friends their age during treatment.
In 2006, Tri Delta took on a second commitment to raise $10 million in 10 years to name the patient care floor in the Chili's Care Center.
In just four years — by May 2010 — Tri Delta met the $10 million fundraising goal.
In July 2010, Tri Delta announced its third naming commitment, an aggressive challenge to raise $15 million in five years to name the specialty clinic located in the patient care center at St. Jude.
In just three-and-a-half years, Tri Delta met the $15 million fundraising goal.
In 2014, Tri Delta committed to raising $60 million in 10 years – the largest single commitment by a St. Jude partner.
In honor of this commitment, Tri Delta received recognition on the St. Jude campus with the naming of the short-term housing facility, Tri Delta Place.
Only three-and-a-half years into the 10-year commitment to raise $60 million, Tri Delta hit the halfway point and announced $30 million raised for St. Jude in January 2018.
As of July 2020, Tri Delta has raised more than $48 million towards their current commitment of $60 million.
With sustained acts of generosity and philanthropy, Tri Delta's dedication is unparalleled, all in service of a lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Because of the sisters of Tri Delta, St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
Connected by kindness
Because of your bravery, boldness and kindness, there’s nothing we can’t achieve together. Tri Delta has never been closer to your commitment of raising $60 million for St. Jude, and this year St. Jude Tri Delta Celebration will be an energizing commemoration of our strong, longstanding partnership.
Join us on June 26 from 12–2 p.m. CST for an uplifting moment in our shared history. To confirm your attendance, please register by June 4, 2021. Bring your kind spirit and get inspired!
What to expect:
- Largest-ever virtual pancake party
- Member testimonials from sisters just like you
- Virtual tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Tri Delta Place
- Special guests including St. Jude patients and parents, St. Jude staff, the Tri Delta Fraternity President, the ALSAC President and CEO, and more
Stay tuned for an official registration email coming by May 24. In the meantime, here's what you can do to prepare: Nominate your sisters to win an award and be recognized nationally during the seminar.
Winners will earn:
- Bragging rights
- A plaque
- Resume achievement
Award nominations close June 4, 11:59 p.m. CST.
Downloadable co-branded resources are available for you at brand.stjude.org! Visit today to request access and unlock fundraising tools such as videos, social media templates and more.
Host a virtual St. Jude No More Cancer Rally to boost your fundraising total