Indiana State University Newsroom

Indiana State raises more than $20,000 for St. Jude Children's Hospital

June 8, 2010

For the second year in a row, Indiana State University students put pen to paper, raising more than $20,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The Sycamore effort raised $20,879 in its second year of participating in Up ‘Til Dawn, a national fundraising program to give students the opportunity to help the children and families of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital while also having fun. More than 375 colleges and universities now participate in Up ‘til Dawn, which began in 1999. To date, the program has raised more than $24 million for St. Jude.

Indiana State's Up ‘til Dawn conducted a Letter Writing Night, which was held in November. More than 250 students and 22 teams gathered in Hulman Memorial Student Union, each sending a minimum of 35 letters to friends and family seeking donations to fight childhood cancer.

The Student Athlete Advisory Council was the top team for Indiana's State's campaign, raising $2,816 through letter writing and other fundraisers such as hosting the Milk Mile prior to Cross Country Nationals and passing the bucket at athletic events.

"It was a great opportunity for us to partner with Up Til Dawn and give back," said Jeremy Ploch, assistant coordinator of athletic study programs.

Other top money teams include Delta Gamma, Team DC, Pi Kappa Alpha and the Indiana State football team.

"Every single letter and every single dollar matters," said Susie Tatum, a St Jude Children's Research Hospital representative. "These kids are fighting for their lives."

Tatum said Indiana State's program will be re-named the J.D. Miller Honorary Up Til Dawn committee, honoring the alumnus who poured his heart and energy into launching the annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Miller, who passed away in December, raised $385 for this year's campaign.

Last year, Indiana State raised $20,537, raising the largest amount of money out of all the schools in Indiana.

Opened in 1962, 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. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., no family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.

St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. The hospital also receives assistance from federal grants (mainly through the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute), insurance and investments. The hospital's daily operating costs are nearly $1.4 million, which are primarily covered by public contributions.

Contact and writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or