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Lincoln to Peoria pavement-pounders rake in nearly $5,000 for St. Jude's kids    Send a link

[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 WEEK-TV 25.

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.

For more information, please call the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate development and run office at (309) 679-4580 or visit For more information on the St. Jude runs, visit

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