From Lambeau Field to St. Jude: Giving Back Offers Life Lessons

As a student at Globe University-Wausau, I have been taught how important it is to give back. I proudly serve as a Student Ambassador and member of the Accounting and Business Club. I am a full time student, I work part time, and am a single mother to my 10-year-old son, Chase.
With my busy schedule, it can be difficult to find time for myself, let alone for anyone else.

Globe University, St. JudeBut no matter how busy we all are, there will always be those who depend on the help of others. The entire Globe University culture demonstrates a desire to reach out to its own students–and beyond. The university’s mission statement of “We Care” is extended to students, faculty and staff, and the surrounding communities.

The Globe-Wausau campus has reached out to the local communities in several ways in the three years that it has been a part of the Wausau area. In April 2010, the campus led a community effort to raise $14,000 for the Merrill Tornado Relief. Participating in the United Way We Can event to help restock the local food pantries has been a priority for the campus two years running, as has been raising money for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to support the mission of flying our veteran heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials.

In addition, one of the campus’s student clubs, the Accounting and Business Club, teamed up with Lambeau Field this past year, volunteering to work a concession stand during three of the season’s home games and then using a portion of the earnings to purchase Christmas presents for the children of our campus community.

In an effort to do my part, I recently volunteered at the Country Cares for St. Jude’s Kids Radiothon hosted by 101.9 WDEZ, working in the call center answering phones and accepting monetary donations. This is something I have wanted to do the last 10 years, but never seized the opportunity–until now. It’s amazing how volunteering for just a few hours can give such satisfaction, pleasure and pride. Those few hours can make such a huge difference in others’ lives.

Danny Thomas founded the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962 as a place where children would be cared for regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. The hospital focuses on cancer research, disease treatment, and finding a cure for childhood cancers.

St. Jude radiothonSt. Jude’s operating costs average $1.8 million per day and are primarily covered through public donations. In an effort to help cover those operating costs, Country Cares for St. Jude’s Kids has put on over 200 annual radio-thons throughout the U.S. for the past 27 years. Wausau’s local country station, 101.9 WDEZ, has hosted this event for the past 12 years, and for two days once a year it’s all about the children. This year the WDEZ St. Jude’s radio-thon brought in a record-breaking total of $128,065.

Globe University’s We Care culture has helped me to better understand the importance and the impact that volunteering has on volunteers as well as the community they serve. This opportunity has greatly impacted me and has really rejuvenated my interest in reaching out and giving back to others. I am so thankful that I took the time to volunteer for such a worthy cause. St. Jude’s gives children a fighting chance to beat cancer and live, to fulfill their dreams and become the people they are meant to be. I plan to continue volunteering as often as possible and share this experience with my 10-year-old son, and I hope others from Globe join me.

If you wish to make a donation, please visit www.wdez.com/st-jude and click on “Donate” at the bottom of the page.

By Nancy Curtin, business administration student, Globe University-Wausau