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Daniela Romero
ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
(703) 351-5171 (w); (703) 677-4412 (m); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Area residents go the distance for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®

Join thousands of walkers in 75-city St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.™ event on Nov. 23

Fredericksburg, VA. (Oct. 17, 2013) – On Saturday, Nov. 23, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® is hosting the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.™ in 75 communities nationwide, including Fredericksburg, to support children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases with pioneering research and exceptional care.

The local St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. will take place at Pratt Park and feature family friendly activities, including face painting, music and more, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Registration is free, but participants are forming teams and raising money online at to earn incentives. These efforts support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.

Unlike any other hospital, St. Jude relies on funding from everyday people to help support its lifesaving mission of finding cures to save children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Because of donations, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

National Partner Teams of the walk include New York & Company, and Brooks Brothers; National Volunteer Teams include Delta Delta Delta, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta; local sponsors are Atlantic Builders, WFLS Radio, and local volunteers from Fredericksburg Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter and Kohl's will be out supporting the event.

The St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. serves as the official kick-off event for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, which unites retail and corporate partners, as well as celebrities, during the holidays.

Be sure to also "like" the Mid-Atlantic St. Jude Facebook page at to receive the latest updates.


Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting or following us on and

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

keepsake box

The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.