LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The 2012 Steps for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was held Saturday morning at the Lake Charles Civic Center's Amphitheater.
"When St. Jude opened in 1962, the survival rate for ALL - acute lymphoblastic leukemia was 4% and today it is 94%." Event co-coordinator Andrea Durkin said. "So just imagine back in the day - only 4 out of 100 children survived and now 94 out of 100 are surviving."
13 year-old Alexandria resident Sydney Mitchell said she participated into the event because of her own experience with battling cancer. "I had osteosarcoma which is a bone cancer in my left femur. And most of the kids we know, they had to have their leg amputated, so they basically saved my leg and my life." Mitchell said, "Cancer is cancer and it kills kids everyday."
Organizers said that 240 people had registered for the event.
McNeese Up 'til Dawn says it collected $9057.00 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.