MISSOULA – University of Montana students raised $34,444 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Nov. 6 during their Up ‘til Dawn event. The student-run, student-led Up ‘til Dawn group held an overnight challenge dedicated to raising funds and increasing awareness for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. They have a goal of raising a total of $44,000 by the end of the year.
The event took place on from 11:55 p.m. to 6 a.m. in UM’s Schreiber Gym, where participants sacrificed a night of sleep in honor of the many nights of sleep lost by St. Jude’s patients and their families. The event also celebrated the amount of money students raised for the hospital. Sponsors and donors were recognized throughout the event.
Cancer remains the no. 1 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 worked with St. Jude to help to change these statistics.
This is Up ‘til Dawn’s fourth year raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The first year they raised $6,512, the second year $11,355, the third year $38,675 and $34,444 so far this year.
To donate to UM Up ‘til Dawn visit http://fundraising.stjude.org/montana. For more information email UM student and Up ‘til Dawn Executive Director Willa Fogarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 406-579-5361.