My name is Carolyn Hoffman and I am a current junior at Boston University majoring in international relations with a minor in public health. I am a member of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, the Alpha Chapter, and this September I will be raising money for the St. Jude Run/Walk in Greater Boston. All donations go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee to help find the cure for pediatric cancer, as well as to ensure that each child receiving care from the hospital is billed $0.00 their entire stay, covering all treatment, travel, housing, and food.
This July I was fortunate enough to travel to Memphis to visit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Tri Delta has been officially partnered with St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital since 1999, raising millions of dollars in the past two decades to help find the cure for pediatric cancer. In 2014, Delta Delta Delta Fraternity made it their mission to raise $60 million dollars within the following decade for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Three years later, Tri Delta women have already raised $27 million dollars.
I am honored to call myself a Tri Delta woman, yet even more humbled to call myself an active supporter of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. My studies as well as my membership in Delta Delta Delta has contributed to my personal goal of researching infectious and non-infectious diseases. I hope that one day I will be able to contribute not just with my money but with my time to the end of pediatric cancer. The survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a common pediatric cancer, has jumped from 20% from the time of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital's founding in the 1960's to 80% in 2017. Children diagnosed with ALL have a 4/5 chance for survival. This statistic is positive but not enough for those children that fall in the 1/5 chance of death.
This September, while I will be studying abroad at an internship for international health, my Tri Delta sisters will be walking in support of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. While not all of us have physically seen St. Jude's, we can all acknowledge the tremendous hope it gives not just its patients but the fight against pediatric cancer as a whole, as St. Jude's freely shares its findings with other institutions to save even more children. St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital serves as a reminder that there is light in a world that lately seems dark.
Please consider donating any amount to this fantastic and well-deserving cause. Any amount, pennies or dollars, truly makes a difference as it just takes one person to change a life.