Scaring Away Childhood Cancer

Scaring Away Childhood Cancer

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6n53CIi_Zo&feature=youtu.be

I hope this video had as much of an affect on you as it did on me.

Every year, Mount Union holds an event on campus called Up ’til Dawn, which is an event that is held on college campuses all throughout the United States to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event is in two parts – a letter writing campaign in the fall and then the actual “Up ’til Dawn” finale in the spring. All organizations on campus are encouraged to take part and write as many letters as possible in order to raise the most amount of money.

This year, Delta Sigma Tau sorority and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity started their fundraising efforts before the event by putting on “Haunted House on the Hill,” a haunted house. All proceeds from this event will go to St. Judes. It took place this past Saturday and Sunday evenings and really did prove to be quite a scare! The picture below are all the “scarers” for the two nights… they scared me and I knew who they were the whole time! This is a very early recommendation to make your way over there next year if you didn’t get the chance to go this year!

Anyway, back to the actual event. The letter writing campaign is in the fall, and this year is taking place this Wednesday. This part is a really open-ended event, usually starting around 4 p.m. and ending around 9 or 10. Now, it’s called letter “writing,” but really you don’t have to do ANY writing of letters. When you arrive, prepared with addresses of people to send these letters to, you are given pre-printed letters and envelopes from St. Jude’s.

The letters explain what Up ’til Dawn is and what St. Jude’s Hospital is all about. All you have to do is fill in the “Dear ___________,” sign each letter, write addresses on envelopes (or slap on an address label if you planned ahead) and write on your return address. It is recommended that you write 30 letters, but any amount is OK and definitely appreciated.

A lot of students opt not to take part because they feel that most people they would send letters to wouldn’t donate anyway. All I have to say about that is… could you honestly say no these children’s faces, their families’ struggles and St. Jude’s unwavering support?

“The Haunted House on the Hill”

“The Haunted House on the Hill”

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Halloween brings about the words scary, candy, trick or treating, costumes, ghosts, witches and pumpkins.  However, on Mount Union’s campus Halloween also brings about the words St. Jude, helping others, service, raising money, and giving. This year, the Delta Sigma Tau sorority and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity joined together to spend their Halloween weekend in a much different way than most people do. Instead of dressing up in costumes and spending time with friends, they found a way to make a difference. The sisters of Delta Sigma Tau and the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega put together a haunted house to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital seeks to advance the treatment and prevention of cancer and catastrophic diseases in children.

The sisters and brothers put weeks of preparation into this event, which was known as “The Haunted House on the Hill.” The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, which is located on the Mount Union campus next to Bracy Hall and across from the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (the library), was transformed into a haunted house. Friday and most of Saturday, was spent decorating the house, setting up each haunted room and getting all aspects of the haunted house ready for business.

Following the set up, the house appeared as if it was a real haunted house that many people go to each year during the Halloween season. It took about five minutes to go through the whole house and in my opinion was scary! I know I screamed many times when I went through it! The haunted house was open to the community on both Saturday and Sunday night from 6-9 p.m. The admission fee was $3 and there was also a refreshment table featuring assorted cookies, cider and hot chocolate. Donations also were accepted, and over the course of the two nights $579.78 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This truly was a remarkable event that raised a good amount of money for a great cause. The sisters of Delta Sigma Tau and the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega made a difference during their Halloween weekend!