Oct 292003
Authors: Chris Kampfe

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.




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