Walk to support the amazing St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

St. Jude
I think we can all agree that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does AMAZING things to help kids and their families. So how you you help ensure the magic will continue to happen there?

On Saturday, November 23rd, St. Jude supporters in cities across the country will join together to participate in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk., an exciting, family-friendly walk to raise money for the children of St. Jude. Locally, the walk will be held at Arvest Ballpark. (Click here to register)

The event is free to register, but participants are encouraged to form teams and fundraise for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Here’s a Q&A to offer more information about this great walk and organization:

st jude logoQ: What would you tell someone who is not familiar with St. Jude and what it does for kids and families?

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children.

It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life.

Q: What is the goal of the local Give Thanks. Walk event?

The goal of the Northwest Arkansas St. Jude Give thanks. Walk is to raise awareness and funds for the children at St. Jude. We want the Northwest Arkansas community to be informed and aware of the great work that St. Jude does and how it impacts children in their community.

Q: Who can form teams?

Anyone can form a team! I encourage anyone interested to talk to family and friends and sign up today. Registration is free for all.

Q: What does being a captain of a team entail?

The primary duties of being a team captain include forming a team online, recruiting and motivating team members, and walking on Walk day! Fundraising for St. Jude is not a requirement, but we encourage our participants to do so.

Team captains get lots of support:

  • personal and team fundraising pages
  • pre-written emails to invite your friends and family to walk and donate
  • resources you can download, including a fundraising letter to mail to friends and family, and flyers to display at home or work
  • social media tips and images
  • fundraising ideas and how-to videos

Q: Does someone have to join a specific team to be involved in the walk?

Not at all. You can form your own team with family, friends, coworkers, etc. There is also the option of walking as an individual if that works better for someone.. There is a way for everyone to get involved.

Q: What can we expect on event day, Nov. 23rd?

Saturday, November 23rd is going to be an extremely fun, family-friendly day. There will be different entertainment, a kids’ zone, food and beverage, goody bags and some great St. Jude moments. It is a day for the Northwest Arkansas community to come together and Walk for the kids at St. Jude.

Q: So this walk is happening in cities all across America the same day?

It is! In 75 communities across the country, we will all walk on the same day for the kids at St. Jude. It’s a very powerful message.

When: November 23rd

Where: Arvest Ballpark

Early Bird check-in: Thursday, November 21st from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at the I.O. Metro locations in Rogers and Fayetteville.

Walker check-in: Saturday begins at 7:30 a.m. Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Local Presenting sponsor: Redman and Associates