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Community Scrapbook: 1,000 Hearts from Home

Submitted by Kimberly J. Blanken • Apr 4, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Union High School and the surrounding area recently completed a project called “One Thousand Hearts from Home” to raise money for a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in honor of former Union student Evan Rasnick.

Evan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2012. After receiving care at St. Jude in Memphis, Evan was declared free of cancer. In July, however, he was diagnosed with leukemia and returned to St. Jude. Last week, Evan received a stem cell transplant from his brother, Nathan. His strength and faith have been an inspiration to our entire community.

The Student Government Association sold hearts for $1 each. Messages of support and encouragement were written to Evan, and then SGA members strung the hearts together to make a chain. The chain, longer than three football fields, was sent to Evan and the project raised $1,500 for St. Jude.

Union High School’s SGA made the decision to start the “One Thousand Hearts from Home” campaign after witnessing the generous care Evan received at St. Jude and in hopes of sending some added cheer to their friend. The goal was to sell 1,000 hearts and make a $1000 donation. Thrilled and surprised to have exceeded our goal, it is our wish that more schools and organizations would follow suit and complete their own "One Thousand Hearts from Home" campaign to support such a worthy cause. To learn more about how you can contribute to St. Jude, visit www.stjude.org.

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