For many families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the medical bills for their children can be high, and insurance doesn't always cover the fee. That is why the hospital is constantly raising money to help cover the costs that parents can't.
On Friday night from 9:00 until Saturday morning at 5:00, students on WKU's campus stayed up all night at the "Up Till Dawn" event to help raise money for the hospital.
"When we were at St. Jude, they were like...you worry about taking care of your child and we'll worry about your bill. You just worry about your sick child", says Kathy Crumpton, whose son Brad once had cancer, and spent many days at St. Jude Children's Hospital.
In order to help the families whose children are taken to the hospital, fundraisers are held throughout the year, such as "Up Till Dawn", where participants stay awake all night long, almost in the same way a parent stays awake with their child at the hospital. According to the particpants, the fundraiser helps the hospital in a huge way.
"It helps kids of St. Jude and they really do need all the help and support that they can get", says cancer survivor Brad Crumpton.
"To see all these people here...to see what they can do and how much money they can raise..I mean we're not a big university compared to some...but to know that we can raise this much money at this university for a wonderful place is amazing", says cancer survivor and WKU Senior Jessica Scheu.
"People ask me all the time why do you do so much for St. Jude...Why do you volunteer so much with St. Jude in the community? I look at him and say if it weren't for that hospital..I wouldn't have my child", says Kathy Crumpton.
In order to raise money for the hospital, students sent out letters to friends and family asking for donations.
This is the third year for the "Up Till Dawn" event on WKU's campus, and over $51,000 was raised this year.
For more information on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, you can log onto www.stjude.org.