Team Captains Lead the Way

Chicago Loop Group
St. Jude Give thanks. Walk Team, Chicago

Marissa Rose, Miami/Florida

Chicago Loop Group_Marissa and Mark Rose.JPGSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital is something Marissa Rose, Miami/Florida, has been passionate about ever since she joined Tri Delta. She has passed that passion on to her family as well, recruiting the help of her father, Mark, whose company was the title sponsorship for the Tri Delta Tees Fore Tots Golf Tournament for two consecutive years while she was in college. "As a father, it is with pride that we are involved in supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Marissa's passionate commitment to this worthy cause," Mark shared about their family involvement in the Walk.

Marissa and Emily Winchell, serve as the philanthropy co-chairs for the Tri Delta Chicago Loop Group.  Getting involved in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk was a perfect fit, and they are continuing to recruit other Tri Deltas to participate on Nov. 23.

To date, the Chicago Loop Group has raised $6,300. The majority of donations for the walk have come from members of Avison Young, the company where Marissa and Mark work. During the annual company-wide meeting a few weeks ago, the organization raised more than $6,000 from selling T-shirts to support the kids at St. Jude.  If you live in the Chicago area, join the Chicago Loop Group Team today.

Delta Dukes
St. Jude Give thanks. Walk Team, Memphis, TN

Nicki Reed, Delta State

Gayle and Nicki_Delta Dukes.JPGThe Delta Dukes team has returned again this year, and its members are raising the bar! They are already over halfway to their goal of $10,000. Gayle Holland and Nicki Reed, Delta State, worked together for many years. In 1987, Gayle lost her only son, Mikey, to cancer. Mikey was diagnosed a few days after his eighth birthday and lived 20 months after his diagnosis. 

When Nicki learned about the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk and Tri Delta's involvement, she asked Gayle about starting a team in Mikey's memory. "As a mother, one of my biggest fears is that people will forget about Mikey, and forget what a gift he was to us all. What we have learned is that no one has forgotten, and participating in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk is an amazing experience for me and for our entire team," Gayle says.

"St. Jude gave me several months that I was able to enjoy with my son.  And giving back gives other families a chance to have more time with their child," says Gayle. "Cancer isn't going away, but St. Jude fights the good fight. They cure a lot of sick kids.

Neil Loftiss, Gayle's brother and Mikey's uncle, shared, "When Mikey was diagnosed with cancer, I was in my mid 20s and witnessed the most horrible 20 months any child should go through.  The pain and suffering of Mikey was horrible to watch, but his strength, love and charm pulled everyone through. " 

"I saw what cancer did to him," continues Neil. "I saw the effect on his parents. I saw it impact everyone around him. I'm confident that if this would have happened to Mikey today, he would have lived. Research has come far in 30 years, and that is why I got involved in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. For families and children going through this now, I hope and pray it is easier and with better results.  St. Jude saves lives, and I wanted to support those efforts." 

Join and support Nicki, Gayle and Neil on the Delta Dukes team in Memphis, TN.  Every donation counts, and several team members have personal piggy banks at home that collect spare change year round to be donated. What a wonderful way to remember Mikey and help save other children's lives.