There are so many things I love about this city. I’ve called Minden home for more than 43 years, and in all that time I have never ceased to be amazed at how we can all rally for the common good and love of things that bring us together.
One such event begins this week.
It’s time for Minden to gather for a common cause, one that everyone can agree on no matter your opinion on topics that can divide us. It’s Auction time, time for our community to rally behind the vulnerable – our children – who are burdened with debilitating forms of cancer and seek treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Our city and surrounding communities contribute more money per capita to St. Jude than any other city in the United States. During a pandemic, we brought in more than $1.6 million in 2021. That may be considered unbelievable by some standards, but it’s just the way it is in Minden. We expect to go all out for St. Jude, and we never fail to do so.
There is no more noble cause than supporting St. Jude. It is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. The center is only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude – research that is shared freely with the global medical community. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance.
The Minden St. Jude auction began on KASO 1240 AM radio four decades ago and has grown to become a four-day telethon and raffle that is simultaneously broadcast on the local radio and cable station. Since its inception, the Auction has raised more than $20 Million for children’s research benefitting St. Jude. That is astounding and just proves that when Minden comes together nothing is impossible.
Be a part of the Minden St. Jude Auction either by attending in person at the Civic Center or listening/viewing on KASO AM/KBEF FM and Suddenlink Cable.
(Content paid for by Terry Gardner for Mayor)
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