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Give thanks this season and walk with St. Jude

Looking for a way to kick off the holidays by giving back? Saturday, the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk will be taking place.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is unique because it does not turn children away from treatment if they do not have the ability to pay.

The founder of St. Jude, Danny Thomas, opened the doors in 1962, and today it still stands that every child deserves treatment no matter what his or her circumstance is.

Since there are thousands of children fighting cancer and other diseases, and St. Jude is supporting so many of those children, donations and volunteer opportunities can go a long way for a patient in need.

One of several fundraisers hosted by St. Jude is a nationwide walk that is coming to Normal this weekend.

The walk takes place all over the nation throughout the year, and on Saturday it will kick off in Uptown. The check-in is at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. There will be a Special Holiday Presentation at 11 a.m. after the walk at the Normal Theater.

Registration for the event is free. You can have a personal or team fundraising page and raise money to go toward St. Jude. You can also write emails and send letters to family and friends in different locations and encourage them to walk in their area and donate.

Participants are using social media to their advantage to encourage donations and are posting videos about how you can start your own fundraiser for St. Jude.

Thanks to the continuous support and donations from people everywhere, families do not pay for  their children’s treatment.

In addition to treatment, families are provided with meals, transportation, housing, care and more through the fundraising that is done for the hospital.

On campus there are a few organizations that work specifically with St. Jude fundraising. Delta Delta Delta, also known as Tri Delta, and Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) are two organizations on campus that reach out to the students and families of ISU. Last year ESA raised more than $104,177 for St. Jude just by fundraising and reaching out to the university.

ISU’s Tri Delta is one of more than 115 Tri Delta collegiate chapters nationwide working toward a goal of raising $10 million dollars for St. Jude over the next 10 years.

To date, Tri Deltas throughout the nation have raised around $3 million, thanks to their philanthropy events throughout the year and their continuous fundraising.

These organizations’ members are everyday people trying to make a difference for those in need. You do not need to be part of a major organization to help make a difference.

The walk for St. Jude this weekend is a great way to take a few hours out of your day to make a large impact on children who need care.

For more information, visit fundraising.stjude.org. The website allows  people to register for this event.

Whether you want to donate or just come out and show your support, you can still register online and every penny counts toward the goal for the walk in Normal.

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