Turn on any news these days or scroll through your favorite social media feed and you may ask yourself why you even started. Things are gloomy, to say the least. But there are good things happening and some positives are here in a year that has felt like a complete loss at times.

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There was a time this summer and early fall that we went back and forth on whether or not to host our annual meat raffle to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. How would we do it? Where could we do it and, most importantly, would anyone want to be a part of it? Like anything else in 2020, it came together with a different look and, thankfully, it has SOLD OUT thanks to you.

This Saturday, from 6-7pm is our virtual, WYRK Meat Raffle to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It's an hour of fun and LIVE music with Kate Mallen!

I don't really have the words to express my gratitude for the response you have given us for a cause that we care about so much. I know that money is tight these days and finding "extra" cash to spend is downright impossible. But you dug deep, and have helped us to raise thousands of dollars in a year of complete uncertainty!

St. Jude will receive the money you spent to help pay for research and care for kids with cancer. With your support, families with children at St. Jude won't receive a bill...for anything! Not for housing. Not for care. Not for food or travel! The number one thing families should worry about is getting their child healthy again.

All of us here at WYRK have witnessed, in person, the amazing things that happen at St. Jude. Yes, the care of the child with cancer is priority number one. But the staff at St. Jude is trying to find a way to eliminate cancer and the research has been able to save lives not only of the kids that walk in their doors, but world-wide. St. Jude shares their research with area hospitals in Western New York as well!

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, St. Jude helps the family travel and gives them a place to stay and the siblings are taken care of as well. Their emotional and mental health is something that the staff at St. Jude attends to.

It is a parent's biggest fear to hear the words, "you child has cancer". But with your help, we can work toward a world without cancer and we are getting close! Dollar by dollar and day by day at St. Jude, the future if looking better for a world without cancer.

I am constantly impressed by your generosity and support of our events. I wish I could shake your hand or give you a hug and thank you in person for what you have given. But in the mean time, lets be thankful that technology allows us to enjoy an evening together and celebrate the positive things that this tiring year has given us. On behalf of the kids and families at St. Jude, we are so grateful for you and your gift!

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