Feb. 5, 2013
RUSTON - Several Louisiana Tech student-athletes from various sports offered a helping hand away from the playing fields and courts Monday and Tuesday in the 32nd annual St. Jude Radiothon held at Super 1 Foods in Ruston.
Members of the women's soccer, bowling, softball, track and field, volleyball and golf teams all joined in to help by collecting donations and taking phone calls at the booth live from Ruston's Super 1 Foods at the event, which is sponsored by the Zeta Rho chapter of the philanthropic group Epsilon Sigma Alpha and KXKZ-107.5 FM.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., treats almost 7,800 patients yearly from across the United States and around the world. Daily operating costs are $1.8 million and are primarily covered by public contributions. St. Jude has treated approximately 1,500 young cancer patients from Louisiana at no cost to their families.
The hospital's mission is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today.
The St. Jude Radiothon last until Tuesday night and the number to call for pledges during the event is 1-800-787-5288.
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