Middletown, NJ – On October 13, between the hours of 10 am -3 pm, Middletown area residents will team up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in the fight against childhood cancer. This year is the 50th anniversary of St. Jude and our goal is to raise at least $5,000.  The St. Jude Walk is an event to give area residents the opportunity to help support the lifesaving mission of one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.  The fundraiser will be held rain or shine, at Mater Dei Prep (track and field) on Cherry Tree Farm Road in the New Monmouth section of Middletown. Registration for the walk begins at 10am, with the actual walk taking place between 11 and 2.

There is no fee to walk; however, since we are trying to raise money for the hospital, donations are appreciated. Walkers who raise at least $35 will be eligible for prizes. Donations can be made by check the day of the walk or online before the event at www.mystjudewalk.org/middletown. You may also register for the walk at this link.  

In addition to the walk, there will be craft and food vendors, a gift auction, and a DJ with all proceeds benefitting the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. There will also be many children’s activities, like face painting, carnival games, and the Fun Bus: fitness on wheels. We will be accepting unwrapped gifts and monetary donations that will go directly to the children in the hospital for the upcoming holidays. We still have openings for vendors to participate. You would need to bring your own table and the cost is $35.  We are also looking for more businesses to become corporate sponsors or to donate gift certificates/prizes to be included in our gift auction.  If you would like to get more information about vendors, sponsorships, or gift donations, please call Therese at 908-461-4369 or email [email protected].  

“We are excited to help raise awareness and funds to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is to find cures and save children,” said Therese Omelanski, walk coordinator. “The St. Jude Walk will truly make a difference in helping the children of St. Jude fight cancer and other deadly diseases. We are hoping that many people will participate and donate money to help us to help these children and their families.”

To date, some of the sponsors for the St. Jude Walk are DJ Johnny’s Magic Moments, Complete Tire and Auto Repair, Crown Tire, and Auto Exotica, to name a few.

For more information about this event, follow us on Facebook at Middletown St. Jude Walk.

Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay. With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events, like the Middletown St. Jude walk. For information on how to host to host a fundraising event for St. Jude, call 1-800-457-2444 or visit www.stjude.org/stjudewalk

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude

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