March 16, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Fraternity at Shawnee State University Raises Money to Help Children
Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Shawnee State University is
kicking off a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital. It is working with St. Jude in a “Care for Cures”
The TKEs will
be at the University Center at a donation table beginning
Monday, March 15 and every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. until April 16.
it would be a good cause to help children,” said Ryan
Collins, president of the TKEs. “We hope to raise $2,000 to
help in the St. Jude research.”
At the end of
the fundraiser, the fraternity will be having a video game
tournament at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 16 in the Flohr
Lecture Hall at Clark Memorial Library with Guitar Hero,
Call of Duty and Madden 10. It is a $3 buy-in for each
The 15 TKE
members will also shave their heads when they reach the
$2,000 goal to show their support.
1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas who was also a TKE
member, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with
scientific and medical communities around the world,
publishing more research articles than any other pediatric
cancer research center in the United States.
treats more than 5,400 patients each year and it is the only
pediatric cancer research center where families never pay
for treatment not covered by insurance. St. Jude is
financially supported by thousands of individual donors,
organizations and corporations.
It is home to
one of the world’s largest and most complete repositories of
biological information about childhood cancer. The
collection dates to the 1970s and includes more than 50,000
tumor, bone marrow, blood and other biological samples.
These samples are essential to efforts to understand the
origins of cancer.
bank has also helped St. Jude scientists develop the
experimental models expected to be important for determining
which mutations drive cancer’s development and spread.
progress has been made in treating childhood cancer, it is
still the leading cause of death from disease among U.S.
children over one year of age, and cure rates for some
childhood cancers remain below 50 percent.
information, call Collins at (937) 205-9547 or send
donations to Tau Kappa Epsilon, 1412 Second Street,
Portsmouth, OH 45662.