The University of St. Thomas Center for Student Leadership and Activities and a student organizing committee have begun plans for an 18-hour fundraising event, “Up ‘Til Dawn,” March 30-31 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The event also will generate awareness and advance the innovations of this biomedical research center, which is dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic childhood diseases.

Late entertainer Danny Thomas founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962 in Memphis, Tenn. When the hospital opened its doors, the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphocytic leukemia, was a virtual death sentence. Because of treatments developed at St. Jude, more than 70 percent of children afflicted with the disease now survive.

The hospital’s work is supported through funds raised by the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). All St. Jude patients are treated regardless of their ability to pay. ALSAC covers all costs of treatment beyond those reimbursed by insurers, and total cost for families who have no insurance.

“Up ‘Til Dawn,” a student-organized event, needs your support. Organizers plan an overnight extravaganza of games, prizes, bands, entertainment and food March 30-31 in Coughlan Field House. Students will work to raise $150 or more each to stay “Up ‘Til Dawn” to make a difference in the lives of children everywhere.

Join one of “Up ‘Til Dawn” student fundraising teams. It’s a great service project for your club or organization, and it’s a fun opportunity for individual students, too. Team packets are available outside the CSLA office in Murray-Herrick Campus Center. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Harrison, (651) 962-8238.