CSU, Chico News

Students to Raise Money, Awareness for Cancer Research

Date: 09-20-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Ian Twamley
Up ‘Til Dawn Co-Chair

On Sept. 22, California State University, Chico’s Up ‘til Dawn executive board will shave students’ heads and sell barbeque to raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The event will be held in on campus in Trinity Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature the shaving of Up ‘til Dawn’s executive board and committee members as well as outside volunteers. Members of the Greek community will sell hamburgers, chips and soda for $5, and donate all proceeds to St. Jude.

“Bald is Beautiful” will be held as part of the Up ‘til Dawn awareness week that spans from Monday, Sept. 20 to Friday, Sept. 24. The theme for the barbeque was chosen after members of the executive board visited the hospital in late July and saw first-hand the effects chemotherapy has on patients.

“When we toured the hospital we quickly saw that almost all the patients were bald,” said Tony Gorelick, student co-director for Up ‘til Dawn. “Being bald is beautiful because it means the chemo is working. To patients this means they have a chance to beat the cancer, and if you have a chance, you have hope.”

The event is sponsored by Greek organizations at CSU, Chico and will feature musical entertainment from KCSC Radio, AS Live and a local band.

“Our goal is to increase awareness about the hospital and the Nov. 8 Up ‘til Dawn’ event. We want to show our solidarity with the patients at St. Jude, and that we are there for them in every capacity,” Gorelick said.

CSU, Chico has raised more money for the patients of St. Jude than any other college campus for four straight years, and is looking forward to a fifth year.

“Events like this set us apart,” said Desirée Tavares, student co-director for Up ‘til Dawn. “No other schools do this. It shows the level of dedication students have to this program and the hospital itself.”

Up ‘til Dawn is sponsored by over 180 campuses and universities nationwide. In CSU, Chico’s short 10-year participation, it has become the fastest campus to raise over $1 million for St. Jude. More than 3,000 participants will be in Acker Gym on Nov. 8 at the luau-themed main event. This year’s letter-writing party, from 3 p.m. to midnight, will be centered on the Hawaiian phrase “mano’olana,” which means hope.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a highly respected international polling and research firm. St. Jude was also named the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital in the 2010-11 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to www.stjude.org.