MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® announced a commitment to raise $10 million for St. Jude within the next 10 years, which will be recognized by the naming of the hospital's Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Research floor.
This new iteration of fundraising was announced at Conclave, the fraternity's biennial celebration, and marks the third commitment TKE has made to the hospital since the fraternity officially began its partnership with St. Jude in 1978.
In 2011 TKE pledged to raise $1 million in five years towards the naming of an MRI suite in the Chili's Care Center on the St. Jude campus, which TKE met this goal a year early. Then in 2016, TKE pledged to raise $2.6 million for the hospital toward the naming of the proton therapy synchrotron/particle accelerator.
Support from partners like TKE and donors worldwide help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
"Since Tau Kappa Epsilon first answered our Founder Danny Thomas' call for support more than 30 years ago, the fraternity has positively impacted countless events and programs to help live out Danny's dream that 'no child should die in the dawn of life,'" said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "The naming of the Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Research floor is testament to the dedication of TKE and St. Jude to positively impacting the lives of children worldwide."
To learn more about the partnership between St. Jude and Tau Kappa Epsilon, visit stjude.org/tke.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.
SOURCE ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital