Martial Arts for St. Jude Wins Big in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

For Immediate Release

 Kick-a-thon raises more than $6,500.00 to help kids kick cancer.

Contact Name: Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale

Phone Number: (978) 762-0454

E-mail: sifupasquale@live.com

Danvers, MA June 30, 2012 – United Martial Arts Center recently did a kick-a-thon  for St. Jude on Saturday June 30th during the Endicott Park Family Festival to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Sponsored by United Martial Arts Center, the kick-a-thon featured 40 students that raised $6,500.00 for the charity. They also had a lemonade stand where the children made and sold lemonade to raise additional money for the charity.

This is the 11th year that United Martial Arts Center has held the Martial Arts for St. Jude program. “We are thankful to the community for supporting our Martial Arts for St. Jude event,” said Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale, the event coordinator. “Our studio focuses on teaching children empathy by doing community service and at the same time we also were able to teach our supporters about the great work conducted daily at St. Jude. The hospital is truly committed to the mission of finding cures and saving children.”

United Martial Arts Center has raised more than $40,000.00 since it began the Martial Arts for St. Jude program in 2000. Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale was recently invited to participate in St. Jude’s “Volunteer Appreciation Day” in Memphis Tennessee, where she spent the day touring the hospital and meeting with over 200 volunteers from around the country. The trip has inspired Sifu to take on a new mission for St. Jude ” Our studio will now be fundraising all year long and what we studio raised in 11 years – lets try to do it in one with the community.”

Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay. With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events, like the Martial Arts for St. Jude event.

For more information on Martial Arts for St. Jude events around the country, call 1-800-457-2444 or visit www.stjude.org/martialarts.

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from
 less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to http://www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on http://www.facebook.com/stjude & http://www.twitter.com/stjude 

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