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SRU students 'stay up' to support
St. Jude Children's Hospital

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 900 Slippery Rock University students are expected to show up at 8 p.m., Nov., 5 with pens in hand - and ready to have fun - at the fourth annual "Up 'til 2" program that helps raise support for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The event, sponsored by SRU's Living-Leaning Communities and the Association of Residence Hall Students, will be in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center.

Participating student address letters to family and friends asking them to financially contribute to the hospital that provides free or low-cost medical care to children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Participating student address letters to family and friends asking them to financially contribute to the hospital that provides free or low-cost medical care to children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

As part of the event, live music, free food, a corn hole tournament, a stilt-waling balloon artist, face paining, the SRU cheerleaders and other activities provide relieve for cramped fingers. The SRU Chosen Generation Gospel Choir, a step team, SRU Dance Express and hypnotist Bob Heim will be part of the event that continues until 2 a.m.

"We will also have parents of a St. Jude patient visit and explain what the hospital has meant to them," said Jamie Russell, assistant director of Living Leaning Community development in SRU's Residence Life Office.

Each participant, who pays the $5 registration fee, is asked to bring 50, or more, names and addresses to add to envelopes provided by St. Jude's. A letter explaining the hospital's operation and seeking donations is also provided. St. Jude's then mails the letters.

The three previous events at SRU have raised more than $96,000 to support the hospital, known for its endorsement by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, and now is daughter Marlo Thomas, star of the once-popular "That Girl" TV series.

Registration is being accepted at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Up-til-Dawn-Slippery-Rock-University/105221452866668 (click the "Fundraising" tab, then the "Register" tab).

St. Jude's is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children's diseases. It is ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by Parents magazine and the No. 1 children's cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report. The facility is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.