Along with “Up ’til Dawn,” the philanthropic organization
Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) has brought another benefit to campus for
the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., with
the first Million Mile Marathon Wednesday.
The marathon asks participants to get pledges on a per-mile
basis from different contributors. The 26.2 miles in the marathon
can be completed throughout November and can be done in whatever
increments the participant desires.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital specializes in severe
molecular, genetic and cancerous diseases in children. The hospital
treats nearly 4,300 children annually. St. Jude will cover all
costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment at their
facilities, according to www.stjude.org. The hospital will never
ask families without insurance to pay.
ESA donates between $6 and $8 million annually to the children’s
hospital to perform these services, and is the hospital’s largest
third-party contributor, said Annie Greengrass, a CSU graduate and
Circle of Life coordinator for ESA.
“This is a brand new event not only for us, but for St. Jude’s
as well,” Greengrass said. “CSU usually raises over $100,000 a year
for ‘Up ’til Dawn,’ so we’re hoping for some good results with this
The goal this year for the marathon is $1 million. If 40,000
people finish the marathon and can get $1 donated per mile, the
goal of $1 million can be reached, Greengrass said.
The participant who raises the most money will receive a CSU
sweat suit provided by the CSU Bookstore, Ram’s Bookstore and
Runners Roost Ltd.
Participants in the marathon will receive free spinal
examinations and are entered in a raffle to win a free chiropractic
Currently CSU and Burns Marketing are the only enterprises in
the city participating in the marathon, but ESA is seeking
additional participation from local health clubs and realtors.
The local ESA chapter, which is also the national headquarters,
teamed up with CSU’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter to spearhead the
“Some of the guys in our house saw very moving speaker at the
LSC who had cancer, and with the help of (St. Jude’s) beat it,”
said Ryan Proler, a junior speech communications major in (AE.
“We’re always looking to be a part of community service. We thought
that this would be a really great thing to be a part of.”
Other members of (AE shared Proler’s view.
“Some of the guys in the house are taking time out of their
weeks to help volunteer and get people registered for the
marathon,” said Ralston Baker, a freshman biology major and (AE
pledge. “Other guys are getting donations and participating in the
Sign up for the marathon is today, Monday and Tuesday at the
front desk of the Student Recreation Center. Additional applicants
can apply at www.millionmile.org.