Thursday, November 17, 2011

Students raise money, awareness

By Morgan Stock
Cardinal Staff

Up ‘til Dawn, an event that raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, was held Nov. 11 in the Gostomski Fieldhouse at Saint Mary’s University.

This marks the second year SMU has hosted Up ‘til Dawn. Junior Shannon Nelson was in charge of the fundraising on campus.

“I started working with St. Jude at my internship with K102 radio over the summer,” Nelson said. “After I worked with them for a while, I liked their cause and thought it was something really important that people on campus should get involved in.”

Students on campus had the chance to sign up in teams of 5 with a goal of raising $500 per team.

Junior Connie Budin was also involved in the event and believes it has been a gratifying experience.

“Shannon and I went to Memphis where the main hospital is and got to meet patients and see the research that was being done,” Budin said. “It was so rewarding; words can’t describe how important this cause is to us.”

St. Jude’s mission is to advance cures and means of prevention of pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. It takes approximately $1.7 million to run St. Jude and all the money raised from Up ‘til Dawn goes directly to fund its research.

Though the on-campus event has passed, it’s not too late to donate. Anyone is welcome to donate to Up ‘til Dawn at any time by visiting

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