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Columbia University Up 'Til Dawn

Organized by: Mary FitzPatrick

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Prior to entering my second year of college, I decided it was time to actually get involved in my community here. However, I didn’t want to join anything just to put it on my resume or to say I was a member; I really wanted to join an organization or a club on campus that I was genuinely passionate about. With this in mind, I was perusing the section of the Columbia website where it details the clubs on campus. After scrolling through several groups and reading about them, I realized that though they were all incredible clubs and organizations, I was only truly passionate about one that was not listed: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I came into college with the intention of going pre-med in hopes of becoming a pediatric oncologist one day. One reason I wanted to be an oncologist so badly was due to St. Jude. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, no child is ever turned away because of his or her race, religion, or an inability to pay. Upon seeing the St. Jude advertisements, my heart melts and aches for the poor children suffering from serious diseases like cancer, yet it comforts me in knowing that these children will be receiving the BEST care at St. Jude. A couple weeks after scrolling the Columbia website to no avail, I was lucky to learn about and then become a part of Columbia’s first ever St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital event, (CU)RE for Kids. Currently in our second year and because of last year's success, the committee is officially allowed to hold the national St. Jude event Up 'Til Dawn. For Up 'Til Dawn, Columbia students form teams of 6, and each individual raises $100. All the money raised will be going to St. Jude. The official event will be in March 2016, and only people who raised the money will be allowed to attend. The event is from midnight to 6 am, and students stay up and lose sleep in solidarity with the children at the hospital who are fighting for their lives. There will be competitions, prizes, and raffles, and it is sure to be a great time. In order to get to our $25,000 goal, please consider contributing to this page. All the money will be going directly to the Columbia University Up 'Til Dawn fundraising page, which will turn all the money over to St. Jude. Thanks so much, Mary


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Mary FitzPatrick

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