“This summer he introduced me to friends of his who are here for treatment at St. Jude and who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House. I’ve met a lot of people my age there who have cancer, but because they’re not from Memphis, they don’t have friends in town or know where to go to have fun, so Adam and I hang out and do stuff with them.
“I just started my freshman year at the University of Memphis and our fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon (at 3586 Midland Avenue), has an annual fundraiser for St. Jude, which I’ve gotten really involved with. It’s October 29 and 30 and it’s open to all of Memphis to come. We basically turn the whole frat house into a haunted house. We black out the windows and make tunnels and hallways and all the guys dress up and bang on the walls and scare people. All of the proceeds go to St. Jude. Last year the fraternity raised $11,000, and this year we’re hoping to raise $15,000 or more. It feels great to help St. Jude help Adam and other kids who have cancer.”
From the Up 'til Dawn website:
"Up 'til Dawn was started here at the University of Memphis just over 18 years ago. Since the program was started it has spread to over 250 schools nationwide and now generates nearly $5 million annually for groundbreaking research and lifesaving care at St. Jude. Overall, the program has raised more than $20.6 million nationwide! Up 'til Dawn unites students, staff and their local communities with a goal to help the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Students who lead Up 'til Dawn on their campuses educate the community about St. Jude while raising money through a variety of activities..."
Article about last year's haunted house - October 30, 2014:
SigEp Haunted House brings more than scares