Earlier this year, Tau Kappa Epsilon set a nationwide fund raising goal of $100,000 raised for the 2016 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. With 1,588 team members and 1,833 donations, TKE raised $119,094 for St. Jude.
TKE Raises More Than $119,000 for 2016 St. Jude Walk/Run
Frater Patrick McElroy is the top individual fundraiser in the TKE group with $11,680 raised for St. Jude. His fund raising efforts were inspired through Frater Danny Thomas' vision of St. Jude.
"I believe in the mission of St. Jude as founded by our late Frater, Danny Thomas. I believe no child should have to suffer or die in the dawn of life. I believe St. Jude stands out among non-profits as a organization that is trustworthy and diligent with its resources," McElroy said.
Other top participants in Tau Kappa Epsilon include Fraters Tony Clemens, Wesley Foster, Austin Duncan, and Ethan DeWaal.
The top ten fund raising teams in TKE for the Walk/Run are Susquehanna TKE, Tau Kappa Epsilon at USC, Kansas State TKE, DC TKE Alumni, Tau Kappa Epsilon - Omega, Offices of the Grand Chapter, Greater Seattle Area - Tau Kappa Epsilon, Kappa-Sigma chapter, Auburn TKE, and the Xi-Lambda chapter. Combined, these groups raised more than $65,000.
"I’m extremely proud of the increase in teams, participants and dollars raised by our Fraternity at this year’s St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Seeing what our members did this year brings a great deal of excitement for me with what next year will bring because I know we haven’t yet hit our potential in TKE Nation for how big this event can be in our partnership with St. Jude and the Walk/Run event," Nathan Lehman, Director of Fraternal Health said.
Thank you to everyone that participated or donated to make this year's St. Jude Walk/Run another successful one. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
"Knowing that the dollars our chapters and alumni raise are helping to provide cutting edge treatment to help families win their battle with cancer, it makes you feel pretty good to know you’re having a direct impact on something like that," Lehman said.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since its opening. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.