Corvette enthusiasts are some of the best people in the world.
For proof, just take a look at what Jesse, a Corvette lover and cancer survivor living in Florida, and his fellow enthusiasts on Corvette Forum have done over the past 15 years.
St. Jude pediatric treatment and research facility in Memphis, Tenn., has been a blessing for children with cancer since comedian and actor Danny Thomas started it in 1962.
After seeing a TV special about St. Jude hosted by Danny’s daughter Marlo, Jesse decided that he wanted to make his own contribution to making the facility an even bigger success.
He began using his connections on Corvette Forum to organize fund-raisers for St. Jude, with events throughout the year like asking for individual donations to auctioning off parts donated by forum vendors and members.
In 2014, the group set a single-year record donation of $102,460, making a total of $854,601 raised in the past 12 years.
Their goal in 2015 was to reach the $1 million mark.
Recently a group made the annual pilgrimage to Memphis in their Corvettes to present the check in person and let the children and their families enjoy their cars.
Members of the Corvettes 4 St. Jude group smiled and laughed with the children and their families as they made their way through the line of cars.
Soon, the crowd began to murmur about the fact that the $1 million goal was within reach, and phone calls kept being made to make the dream into a reality. Finally, the 2015 total was announced – $149,555.68- making the total donations by the group over the past 13 years a whopping $1,004,156.93.
But the Corvettes 4 St. Jude group has no plans to stop now. While St. Jude has made huge strides in increasing the survival rate for childhood cancer, more work remains to be done until the disease is completely wiped out.
That means the Corvettes will again be making their way to Memphis each October for many years to come, and that $1 million figure will likely reach $2 million, $3 million and more.
We salute our fellow members of the Corvette community for their generosity for such an overwhelming cause!
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