On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital supporters in 90 cities across the country joined together to participate in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk, an exciting 5K walk to raise money for the children of St. Jude.
A total of 125 Delta Delta Delta teams, along with their family and friends, participated in the event by walking, volunteering at the walk or raising money virtually. With all of their efforts combined, members raised more than $125,000.
"I am so proud of our members for reaching our goal of raising $125,000 for St. Jude in the Give thanks. Walk in honor of Tri Delta's upcoming 125th anniversary," said Fraternity President, Phyllis Grissom, Southern Methodist. "Our collegiate and alumnae members are all passionate about this cause, and it's amazing to see how much money we can raise when we all unite on one day for one event. I'm excited to see this tradition continue in the upcoming years."
Tri Delta alumna Tricia DeCamp, Drury, said, "I got involved with the walk because a sorority sister's daughter, Natalie, a precious 8-year-old, has a brain tumor and is a patient at St. Jude. It was amazing to see all the support from Drury members and others that I didn't even know. We even had members create teams in other cities in support of Natalie."
Out of all the Tri Delta participants, the top fundraising team was "Team Natalie" in Kansas City. They raised more than $13,700.
All money raised by Tri Delta will go towards supporting its $15 million in 5 years campaign for St. Jude. Tri Delta has raised more than $8.9 million for the campaign since the $15 million goal was announced in July 2010.
The St. Jude Give thanks. Walk serves as a grass-roots kickoff to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving fundraising and awareness campaign. The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners that asks consumers to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not."
Thanks and Giving was created in 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, children of hospital founder Danny Thomas. Funds raised by the campaign support the lifesaving work of St. Jude — to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.