Rainy weather and cloudy skies didn’t keep Up ‘til Dawn from shining light on Tuesday’s National Recruitment Day.
In nine hours, it raised $1,400 from selling 300 “Go Gold” shirts while also registering student teams.
According to fundraising.stjude.org, Up ‘til Dawn is a “student-led” organization that raises money for children with cancer at St. Jude’s Hospital.
Katee Fairchild, UTD’s executive director, looks forward to a new year of opportunity and greater accomplishments.
“This year’s ultimate goal is to gather as many Warhawks as possible to raise $40,000,” said Fairchild, a senior medical laboratory science major.
Since June, ULM’s UTD has raised over $28,000 and took the No.1 spot for most raised funds in the nation.
Last year, UTD hosted fundraisers such as the 5K Mustache Dash, t-shirt sales, Orange Leaf Giveback night and candy sales.
Proceeds collected at each event are donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Locally, elementary schools, high schools and colleges have started movements and hashtags to support children with cancer.
Nirali Patel said UTD also relates to the workplace.
“I work at an elementary school [with] a few kids that have been patients or are current patients, said Patel, a sophomore secondary elementary major. “They are a reason why I’m a part of UTD.” Patel said.
Even though St. Jude receives about 8,000 patients a year, no family has to come out of pocket for their children’s expenses.
Those who are interested in registering for a team donation can visit Utd.stjude.org and look up ULM’s page.