Since sophomore year I have been active in the Up til Dawn club on campus. The club raises money for St. Judes Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee. The hospital is one of a kind. The professionals who work there treat children with cancer and other deadly diseases.
I was the advocacy chair as a sophomore, and became the co-director my junior year. In this position, I had the opportunity to go to Memphis where I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. At the Collegiate Leadership Seminar sponsored by St. Jude’s, I learned all about the hospital and the life saving work that happens there. I also gained insight into how to run a successful fundraising event.
While making great friends along the way, the most memorable part to me was meeting the patients and their families. Their stories touched me and made me realize why I am in my field. As a junior in the undergraduate physical therapy program, walking into St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital really hit home.
|As I entered the rehabilitation center, I looked around and thought of all the joy these children gain from their experience at St. Jude’s in spite of their medical conditions. Being able to come in and get such strong support all around you is why these patients are so motivated to get better.The hospital looked different than any hospital I have seen before. The hallways were painted with fun drawings from the walls to the floor. It made it a happy place where many can strive to get back on their feet and regain their childhood.|
This trip to Memphis will not be one forgotten anytime soon. I look forward to continuing to help St. Jude with Up til Dawn here at the University of Hartford. Since our November 2010 fundraising event, we have raised $20,500. We intend to announce the final fundraising amount at the University Community Day on April 30th! To become involved, please contact me at Uptildawn@hartford.edu.