By Nolan Morrey
One of the many clubs that CSB/SJU offers is St. Jude at CSB/SJU. The club’s main objective is to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
located in Memphis, Tennessee. This hospital was founded in 1962 by comedian Danny Thomas and is focused on the treatment and care of children suffering from cancer.
Since St. Jude has opened its doors, the survival rate for all childhood cancers has risen from a mere 20 percent to 80 percent today. Additionally, the survival rate for the most common type of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has gone from 4 percent up to 94 percent in the same time span.
In addition to the primary hospital in Memphis, St. Jude has affiliated clinics that stretch across primarily the South but also the Midwest.
Meagan Davis, a senior at CSB and one of the two leaders of St. Jude at CSB/SJU explains why the primary research hospital and most affiliated
clinics are in the South.
“The founder of St. Jude purposefully built the hospital in the South because he was horrified when he found out that a black child was denied treatment and died after an accident in his health,” Davis said. “His whole vision was that no child would die or be denied treatment based on race, religion, or ability to pay.” In fact, St. Jude was the first hospital to integrate in the South during the Jim Crow era.
St. Jude is also very unique in the sense that patients are not charged for their care.
“St. Jude covers all of the costs of travel for families all across the country and across the world and get free housing, free food, they pay for their treatment and travel,” Davis said. “None of the families ever receive a bill from anything they receive at St. Jude.” All of the funding for St. Jude comes from donations which include government grants and the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC), the primary source of funding. St. Jude at CSB/SJU plays a part in the donations and provides many different events to raise funds for St. Jude. In the past, the organization on campus could do more in-person events, including initial fundraising events and an all-night event.
“People would stay up all night and do activities and they would have to raise the 100 dollars to come to the event, which raised a lot of money,” Davis said. With COVID-19, the organization had to adjust their events and make them virtual.
“We host No More Cancer rallies which are fundraising parties that
involve activities that help raise money for St. Jude,” Davis said. Along with raising funds for St. Jude, the club hopes to raise awareness among students on campus.
Along with the rallies, the organization has used a lot of social media and the CSB/SJU Bulletin App to spread the word about events.
Photo Courtesy of Meagan Davis