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Page 10 S o p h o m o r e h e l p s r a i s e m o n e y f o r U p T i l l D a w n By KATY HEITSTUMAN Prospector StajfWriter “My name’s not Steve. Get it?” Alyssa Welch said, already laugh­ ing at the joke she’d just told. Alyssa’s not very good at telling jokes,” her room-mate Lauren Mc­ Donald said. “She always starts smiling before the punch line.” Alyssa Welch smiles a lot. Alyssa said she enjoys helping people. She is the executive direc­ tor of the Up Till Dawn fundraiser at Carroll. Through her work, she is helping Saint Jude’s help others. Alyssa is a sophomore psycholo­ gy major. She is also a sophomore class senator, a work study in the admissions office and active in the Outdoors club. Alyssa said she comes from a very close family. She said she has two brothers, Christopher, 25 and Michael, 21. Her parents are Jim, an insurance agent, and Christine the secretary at the middle school in Butte. Alyssa said her mom was “every junior high kid’s second mother.” Alyssa got involved with St. Jude’s when a friend from an­ other university held the executive director’s position, and told her about the event. Up Till Dawn is a nationwide fundraiser that raises money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital so they can continue to provide cancer treatment to children free of charge. It comprises of two events. The first one, held first semester, is a letter writing campaign. Students send out letters to their family , and friends as an awareness of St. Jude’s and to give them an oppor­ tunity to donate. The second event is held second semester and it is the actual Up Till Dawn event. “Students sacrifice a night of sleep in honor of patients, their families, the research scientists, and the nurses and doctors, and as a celebration of their hard work,” said Alyssa. Alyssa said that she got involved because it is important to her that this vital service remain an option for families in need. “This program is special because it offers free care to children with cancer. Their families might not be able to take care of the children without St. Jude’s without risking poverty or waiting for insurance coverage. St. Jude’s allows for the best care for children,” said Alyssa. The final event for Up Till Dawn is scheduled for April 14-15 from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. On that night they will reveal the total amount of money they have raised and pres­ ent awards to the team of the year. There will be food and games along with entertainment all night. The money to fund this even came from the $600 raised by Car- roll students in the rummage sale. Carroll students and commu­ nity members can still donate to St. Jude’s online at their website: www.stjude.org/donate. Alyssa said that St. Jude’s is a program that all people can and should donate to. “Cancer is something that could happen to anyone. I think people take the life they have been given for granted sometimes. All people can give some money without interrupting their own lives, and make a difference to others.” Sophomore Alyssa Welch smiles for the camera. PHOTO BY LAUREL CIFALA Some decisions feel too overwhelming to make alone. What to do in the event of an unplanned pregnancy is one of them. Understanding ail your alternatives, makes you really free to choose. uirthright of Helena, Inc. 443-0662 800 - 550-4900 awl Birthright of Helena is here to help, we offer free pregnancy testing, confidential assistance, and most importantly, someone to talk to. Please call us at 443-0662, or visit us at 543 N. Last Chance Gulch in the Livery square Building, Suite 206. Birthright, a non-profit organization is always in need of volunteers and donations of maternity and baby clothes. ■ Thursday, March 29,2007 Volume 90, No 6

The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 29 March 2007, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheProspector/2007-03-29/ed-1/seq-10/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.