WWU Students Write Letters in Support of St. Jude Hospital

Up Til Dawn, the student-run organization at William Woods University that supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, held its annual letter-writing party Tuesday, Nov 14, with a “Christmas for the Kids” theme.

Tucker Dining Hall was fully decorated for Christmas and the students played Christmas music all night and had milk and cookies. Each of the 75 people in attendance wrote letters to family and friends requesting donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The hospital, located in Memphis, Tenn., is world-renowned in the treatment and research of childhood illnesses, diseases, and cancers. This hospital is one of the forerunners in finding cures for cancers. St. Jude provides care to children without cost to families.

This is the organization’s third year on the William Woods University campus. WWU students raised approximately $17,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital last academic year, exceeding the amount raised the year before by $5,500.

Executive director of Up Til Dawn is Erica Dyer of Odessa, Mo.; assistant director is Kristin Smith of San Francisco, Calif. The executive board is Megan Miller of Tulsa, Okla.; Megan Eldridge of Mexico, Mo.; Nikea Rudlof and Adrienne Hull, both of Jefferson City, Mo., and Andrea Ankrom of Middleton, Mo.

“We had people staying late into the night to finish their letters,” Dyer said. “To me, it is just so inspiring to see students working so hard—not for themselves or for any sort of incentive— but just working hard for others.”


William Woods University student Rachel Atchison of Flora, Ind., writes letters seeking donations for St. Jude Hospital.