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Up til Dawn raises more than $23,000 for cancer research

Central Michigan University's Up til' Dawn program raised $23,858 for cancer research.

Allison Graf, executive director of St. Jude's Up til' Dawn e-board said the original fundraising goal was "around $20,000." When the group broke $20,000 in donations by Feb. 23, she said the new goal for St. Jude's was $25,000. 

This year's amount raised double last year's funds, which was around $10,000. CMU students have raised more than $120,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the past nine years.

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1960 by Danny Thomas. It treats life-threatening childhood diseases without billing the families they treat. Some of the things they cover include treatment, travel, housing and food. Additionally, survival rates for the diseases have also increased as a result of their efforts.

Up til’ Dawn is a national program that around 80 schools nationally participate in, with CMU beginning its involvement six years ago. The event occurs once a year to celebrate all the funds that were raised throughout the year through the program.