DRAW Who: We are an ever-expanding organization that is dedicated to providing relief to communities around the U.S. that have been hit by natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. We do this by having an army of volunteers who collect supplies, dedicate time, and raise awareness. We’ve responded to storms such as Superstorm Sandy, the EF-5 tornadoes outside of Oklahoma City, and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX. None of what we do is possible without your help, so if you are asking who we are, then, in short, we are you.
What: After storms destroyed more than 3000 homes in the Little Rock, AR, DRAW arrived 24 hours later with needed supplies for families who had been displaced. After floods ravaged through the city of Boulder, CO when they got 12 inches of rainfall in less than 24 hours, DRAW’s cargo van was unloading cleaning and bathroom buckets to shelters around the city. When Jean Lafitte, LA was completely under water after being hit by Hurricane Isaac, DRAW’s first response team was there to assist the city in distributing supplies, patching damage roofs, and supplying tarps for residents. What we do is meet needs of survivors as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Why: There’s no other time in the human experience when someone goes from everyday life to rock bottom in an instant than after a natural disaster. These people did not bring the heartache upon themselves. They are victims…just don’t tell them that. No one we’ve met that has been hit by a natural disaster sees him/herself as a victim; they all see themselves as survivors. We are inspired by their perseverance, and if we can provide one item or service that can help them take one step back toward normalcy, we are honored to be a part of that process.
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
At St. Jude no family ever receives a bill- for treatment, travel, housing or food- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is changing the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened more than 50 years ago to more than 80 percent today, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases because they have the world’s best survival rates for some of the toughest childhood cancers. The research discoveries made at St. Jude are freely shared so doctors and scientists everywhere can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
St. Jude treats children from all 50 states and around the world, including Michigan. We’re excited to be able to offer the participants of the Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon, 10k & 5k the opportunity to make their race more meaningful by becoming a St. Jude Hero so you can help save kids like Jordyn. For more details and to register as a St. Jude Hero, please click here. To view the fundraising incentives, please click here.