Pens were flying Nov. 21 when more than 70 Jamesville-DeWitt National Honor Society students rallied in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Each wrote up to 25 letters, asking family and friends to donate to St. Jude on their behalf. "Rally for Childhood Cancer," a student-led, student-run philanthropic program, offers high school students a way to help raise funds and awareness for the hospital.
"All the students recognize the need to help cure cancer," said Trinity Mathis, NHS advisor. "I think because St. Jude's Hospital deals with childhood cancer, it really affects our members since they are so close in age to the people we're raising money for."
Late entertainer Danny Thomas, father of actress Marlo Thomas, founded St. Jude in 1962. Its goal is to find cures and conduct research to prevent childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
The hospital treats children from all 50 states and many international countries. Daily operating costs at the hospital are $1.3 million, which come primarily from public donations.
The National Honor Society gets involved with several community projects each year, participating in events such as the Breast Cancer Walk held annually in Clinton Square, holding fund raisers for not-for-profit charities, and also working as tutors at the Klim Center at Springfield Gardens in DeWitt.