By Michelle Morey
St. Jude’s Children Hospital is holding a fundraising walk for cancer and other diseases in children on Nov. 23, 2013. The walk will be located at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, New York. Check-in time is 9 a.m.
What some may not know is that on Nov. 23, 2013, LIU Post will participate in the walk. The team is made up of three LIU Post students. It was created as a social responsibility project for the students’ marketing class. Garrett Fatone, Michael Lupola, and Jean Pierre Rousseau make up Team Post. Rousseau is the team captain.
The team’s goal is to raise a grand total of $1,500. The team has raised $135 so far. “We are looking to gain more than just the on campus and local community support,” said Fatone, a senior Business Administration major.
To gain support they have posted links and posts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to gain momentum from prospective donors. The team asks prospective supporters to log on to the St. Jude Walk website, click on the Follow the Find a Participant to Support link, and under Team Name type “Team Post.” It will bring supporters directly to the team’s page and show how much money they have raised so far compared to their goal. There is also a button to submit a donation on the page.
Also on the St. Jude Walk website, is the Find a Location and Register link, which will allow users to find specific dates, times, and locations, in addition to specific dollar amounts of goals compared to how much has been raised.
As of Nov. 18, the Long Island walk has raised $77,038, which is 96 percent of its goal for this year. Users can also show find a list of top fundraisers and top teams. Lupola is on the list for top fundraisers.
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals and has provided tremendous research for cancer in children. Since it is a hospital specifically for pediatrics, its full focus can be on diseases that affect children. The hospital, which was founded by Danny Thomas in 1962, aims to change the lives of people all across the world—not just the patients it holds.
The mission statement is: “The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.”
There is still time to join Team Post, supporters who do not wish to be a part of the team, can either donate money through the Team Post page on the St. Jude website or by attending the walk on Nov. 23 as a spectator in support.
“I plan on going to the walk with my little brother,” stated Alex Ochoa, a junior Accounting major. For students who are unable to join in on the walk, but want to do some good in the community, Circle K is a club at LIU Post, which is dedicated to helping out in the community and doing volunteer work.