MISSOULA – University of Montana students will team up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to compete in the fourth annual Up ‘til Dawn event on campus. Up ‘til Dawn is a growing, student-run, student-led overnight challenge dedicated to raising funds and increasing awareness for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 6 from 11:55 p.m. to 6 a.m. in UM’s Schreiber Gym, where participants sacrifice a night of sleep in honor of the many sleepless night lost by St. Jude’s patients and their families.
Cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease in children. Many children diagnosed will not survive, and those who survive are more likely to face lifelong battles from the treatment that saved their lives. Montana’s Up ‘til Dawn program is working with St. Jude to help to change these statistics.
Up ‘til Dawn invites the entire UM student body to form teams and “fight cancer in the 406.” Students team up to fundraise for the hospital through an online participation center prior to the overnight event. This year, the UM’s goal is to raise $44,000 for the children of St. Jude.
In celebration of the money that Up ‘til Dawn participants raise for the hospital, there will be an overnight event with prizes and games. Sponsors and donors will be recognized in various ways over the course of the event.
To donate to UM Up ‘til Dawn visit http://fundraising.stjude.org/montana. For more information email UM student and Public Relations Director, Emily Etchart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 406-839-5793.