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November 16, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 10

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Campus-wide fundraisers positive for SU

Until recently, I had no idea what Up 'til Dawn was. My first reaction was that it was something pertaining to "Twilight," but I was clearly wrong. In fact, my idea couldn't have been farther from what it really is. Up 'til Dawn is a way that the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital not only brings in donations for patients with cancer but spreads awareness.

So what is Up 'til Dawn? Well, it is a widespread trend across college campuses, according to the St. Jude website. Teams of students across the world compete in an all-night challenge. Students stay up, or I should say "try to stay up," the entire night because, the idea is that cancer never sleeps, so why should they? The main part of the fundraising comes from letters. The teams of students involved with the Up 'til Dawn fundraising urge other students of the student body to get involved. These letters require just the signature of the person doing the fundraising and are sent to people that they know, so this experience is personal. The letters ask the people you chose to donate toward the fundraiser.

Personally, I think the idea is wonderful. St. Jude's does so much and is so underrated. Pediatric cancer is devastating, tragic and stoppable to some extent. St. Jude's is run on donations and fundraising and does not charge any of its patients for medical treatment.
Imagine if everyone gave the spare change, or a little extra to those who needed it? Well, I know I do. Every time I pass by or get asked to donate, I never think twice. I know being a college student, it is hard to give away money that could be your next load of laundry, but there are people out there who have bigger problems then a stain on a shirt. I think it is absolutely wonderful the Susquehanna community is becoming involved with the fight against pediatric cancer.

I believe that not only does Up 'til Dawn provide hope for those who need it, but it also is another way to bring our community together. I also believe that the letters that these students send to people who are close to them is wonderful, and a good idea. If everyone was able to get just a few people that they knew to donate, we wouldn't have to strive for hope, we might actually reach it instead.

So after learning about what Up 'til Dawn is really about, I will be sure to become involved in the future. I know that the Susquehanna students involved with the planning of the Up 'til Dawn event hosted and event on Nov 13. The event is going to be packed with fun things to do, music and games and you even get a T-shirt.

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