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Rivals Mississippi College and Millsaps Support St. Jude Hospital Road Race

October 9, 2012

Rivals for generations on the football field, Mississippi College and Millsaps are teaming up to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis with a 5K run in Clinton.

MC’s 60-member Civitan Men’s Club is partnering with the Tri Delta Sorority at Millsaps College to participate in the November 10th race that will raise funds for the hospital marking its 50th anniversary this year.

“This puts a good little twist on things,’’ Civitan President Trey Donahoe says. An MC senior from Indianola, he’s delighted to see student organizations from the two metro Jackson colleges work together for a great cause.

While scores of MC Choctaws and Millsaps Majors plus Clinton residents will lace up their running shoes that Saturday, the more the merrier, organizers say.

“Hopefully, MC tribes will join with us,” Donahoe says. The Deltan is signed up for the event starting at the Baptist Healthplex at 8 a.m.  The course winds through Olde Towne Clinton before ending back on the Clinton campus.

Jim Turcotte, the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, applauds the students for working together for such a great cause.

“I think it is great that Mississippi College and Millsaps students are coming together for the St. Jude’s cause,” said Turcotte. “We teach our students that they should volunteer to help others and this is an example of how they work together to make things better for children.”

Mississippi College and Millsaps groups are partnering with Team Hope Clinton that seeks to raise $10,000 for St. Jude’s Hospital in 2012. Their goal is to collect the money leading up to a December road race in Memphis.

Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility on the planet. Discoveries have been made at the hospital that completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

The Tennessee hospital is home to some of the globe’s most gifted researchers. Completion of a $1 billion, five-year expansion in 2005 enhanced the hospital’s efforts to find cures for the catastrophic diseases of childhood.

Runners and walkers at the event are encouraged to help raise money for children’s cancer research and be part of the St. Jude’s team again next year. The entry fee is $20 and that includes a T-shirt. To register, go to http://runsignup.com/Race/Dashboard/Race/2149 or contact Trey Donahoe at donahoe@mc.edu.

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