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PAWS for St. Jude forms dog packs to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Join summer fundraising teams captained by Huckleberry and Puggle at St. Jude

Memphis, Tennessee, June 22, 2021

This summer every dog can be top dog by going all paws in to raise awareness and support for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding cures. Saving children.® Huckleberry and Puggle, the specially trained service dogs at St. Jude, are again leading the pack for the second annual PAWS for St. Jude.

The pair of pooches are holding a light-hearted fundraising competition during the dog days of summer and are on the lookout for other dynamic dogs from across the country to join them now through Sept. 1 to help round up even more support. 

Owners of all dogs, from huskies to shelties, beagles to poodles and every breed in between are encouraged to grab their leashes and take their pooches out for a daily activity. As owners do so, they can capture the cute puppy poses, water play, ball catches and head tilts for social media to rally friends and family members to donate to either Team Huckleberry or Team Puggle. Photos and video using the hashtag #PAWSforStJude will be featured on St. Jude social media channels over the summer. At the conclusion of the competition, the top dogs based on fundraising totals will receive a special St. Jude bandana.

specially trained dog chasing an orange ball

As specially trained service dogs, Huckleberry and Puggle know a multitude of commands. In addition to the basic sit, stay, shake and come commands, the two canines carry out helpful tasks to ensure St. Jude patients feel safe and secure on their treatment journey. In addition, the doggy duo offers St. Jude staff, nurses and doctors a friendly paw and comic relief due to their playful spirits.

Programs like PAWS for St. Jude demonstrate that people and their pups can make a PAWSitive difference. Thanks to community support, 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. Additionally, because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from generous donors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.

To sign up for PAWS for St. Jude, fundraise as a member of the team and learn more about Puggle and Huckleberry, visit stjude.org/paws.

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. 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. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Godwin
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
jennifer.godwin@alsac.stjude.org
(901) 275-5596