While any student can join the organization Up ‘til Dawn to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, it’s personal for sophomore music education major Daniel Bryson.
Bryson’s parents decided to donate to St. Jude in memory of his late uncle who died from an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 31, he said. They believed in the hospital’s mission to provide healthcare to children regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Although his uncle never went to St. Jude, Bryson said his parents donate to the hospital so no other family will have to go through what his family went through.
Bryson, along with other members of the band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, is joining Up ‘til Dawn to raise funds for St. Jude.
“It’s a fantastic hospital and it has fantastic morals,” he said.
The name “Up ‘til Dawn” refers to the idea that a student can sacrifice one night of sleep for a child at St. Jude, Elizabeth McDowell, executive director for Up ‘til Dawn at TCU, said.
The organization will host an all-night event beginning Friday, which includes activities such as glow-in-the dark capture the flag, McDowell, a junior biology major, said.
“The event itself is pretty much just like one big party to celebrate the funds that we’ve raised together,” said Jalen Monday, a sophomore music composition major and Up ‘til Dawn’s publicity chair.
Up ‘til Dawn is short of their expected amount and is still looking for more participants to take part in fundraising, Monday said.
Students who want to participate can register at www.utd.stjude.org. If a student raises at least $100, he or she can attend Up ‘til Dawn’s all-night event from Feb. 28 to March 1.