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St. Jude's Fundraising Campaign Now in Progress!

Pictured is Jamie Adams completing a St. Jude's fundraiser letter.

The Piedmont High School St. Jude’s Research Hospital fund raising campaign is now in progress! Students and staff are writing letters to family and friends encouraging them to make a donation to St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Last year, Piedmont raised $14,000, and they have set a goal this year to send out 11,500 letters and raise $20,000. The theme this year is “Team Up” and students who send 25 letters will receive a St. Jude’s T-shirt. We invite the entire Piedmont community to “Team Up” with St. Jude’s to help cure life-threatening childhood diseases. 

The mission of St. Jude’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.  The reason donations are so important is that no child is denied treatment based on a family's ability to pay. In addition, St. Jude’s also pays for travel and lodging expenses for the parents of children who are being treated at St. Jude’s. 
When asked about the motivation to raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Student Government President Haley Brigman stated, “Our inspiration this year is a former Piedmont student, Dwight Williams, who is currently battling a third relapse of leukemia. Dwight graduated in 2010 and was attending the University of Maryland until three weeks ago when he began experiencing pain and fatigue. After a doctor’s visit, it was confirmed that his leukemia had returned. This personal experience showed us first-hand how serious and scary cancer can be to children and their families. “ 
Last year, Piedmont was the number one school in North Carolina in fund raising dollars for St. Jude’s. Brigman wants to encourage all students and staff at Piedmont to contribute, â€œWe want every student to participate in some way, whether it’s one letter or 25. Every letter counts!” For those in the Piedmont community who may receive a letter, it is our hope that you could make a donation of any amount to support the efforts of St. Jude’s Research Hospital while helping us maintain our position as the top school fundraiser in North Carolina!

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Nov 30, 2010 by Donna Helms

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