Members Vermillion's three ESA chapters are pleased to announce the receipt of a proclamation from Governor Dennis Daugaard declaring the week of May 7-11, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Week in South Dakota. The proclamation is in recognition of ESA's outstanding service to its communities throughout the state through many hours of volunteer work, participation in local projects, and many dollars raised in support of local causes and charities as well as in celebration of ESA's 40 year association with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Members of Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) joined with the Vermillion community in the fight for a cure against children's cancer through a fundraising event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Members of Theta Omega Chapter of Vermillion hosted a national ESA event in our community at their eighth annual Tour of Tables in St. Agnes School's Father Wolf Auditorium to benefit the hospital's young patients on Saturday, April 21. Members of all three of Vermillion's ESA chapters, Alpha Lambda, Lambda Lambda, and Theta Omega, participated in the event.
Our community showed its appreciation for cancer research in children through ESA's fundraising event. Twenty women from our community, some who are ESA members and some who volunteered from the community, hosted beautifully and/or cleverly decorated tables. The doors opened at 10:45 a.m. to give guests an opportunity to "tour" the tables and read the descriptions of the settings in the program provided by the chapter. A delicious salad luncheon was served by the St. Agnes Altar Society. This event was one of many events that took place across the country in anticipation of Celebrate ESA Week, May 7-11. In addition to volunteering, ESA members across the country demonstrated their commitment to St. Jude's cause. Vermillion ESA members are celebrating the $3,300 that was raised for the hospital by this event.
One member of Theta Omega who has visited the hospital several times has often spoken about her first trip to St. Jude saying, "I was almost afraid to visit the hospital. I thought it would be a sad and difficult experience. But, the hospital is simply amazing. It is a bright and beautiful place filled with loving, caring people who support each other at all times. The staff (doctors, researchers, custodians, cooks), families, and patients give each other the strength and will to do the work that they do … whether it is keeping the hospital's doors open (fund raising), mopping floors, performing bone marrow transplants, or holding each other's hands.
"After hearing a presentation by one of the nurses, I asked her 'How can you work here? Isn't it hard?' Her reply to me was, 'Our patients are going to get well.' Her outlook is the same hospital wide. They are going to work until there is no longer a need for the hospital because cancer and other catastrophic diseases of childhood will have been cured and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital can close its doors."
About Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Founded in 1929, ESA offers programs and projects to help make a positive difference in the lives of others. ESA has created a powerful network of nearly 1,000 chapters to excel in community education, service, and philanthropy. ESA adopted St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as their international philanthropic project in 1972. Over this 40 year partnership, ESA has maintained its position as the third-party organization providing the most support cumulatively to St. Jude. Those interested in ESA can learn more by visiting www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org, or by contacting ESA Headquarters at 970.223.2824. Or, if you are interested in knowing more about our local Vermillion chapters, contact South Dakota ESA's state membership director, Earleen Varns at 624-8306.
About St. jude children's research hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No families ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated at St. Jude, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Learn more by visiting stjude.org.