Lincoln to Peoria pavement-pounders rake in
nearly $5,000 for St. Jude's kids
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[AUG. 16, 2003]
PEORIA -- The 26th
annual St. Jude Telethon was a huge success this year, raising over
$3.1 million for the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria and St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
In addition to the money raised
by phoned-in pledges, the St. Jude runners brought in $1.2 million,
with $4,505 raised from the Lincoln to Peoria Aug. 2 run. The grand
total also includes money from groups and businesses that raise
funds throughout the year.
The telethon was broadcast from
both the Peoria Civic Center and the State Farm regional office in
Bloomington. Major sponsors of the event included Bergner's and
The money raised at the
telethon directly benefits the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria
and the children of central Illinois.
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St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in
finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic
diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in
Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with
scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever
pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without
insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported
by ALSAC, its fund-raising organization.
more information, please call the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate
development and run office at (309) 679-4580 or visit
www.stjude.org. For more
information on the St. Jude runs, visit