- Ryan Donaldson ’15
- Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
- Major: Medical Technology
When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.
Up 'til Dawn
Up ‘til Dawn is a collegiate fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This program is in its fifteenth year and has been held at college over 300 colleges and university nationwide, raising over six million dollars annually.
Mount Union joined the Up ‘til Dawn family six years ago and has raised more than $340,000.00 during this time for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Mount Union was also winner of the “Rookie of the Year” award at the 2009 St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar in Memphis, Tennessee. In fact, Mount Union did so well that year the Up ‘til Dawn Program here raised more than any school in our region, including those institutions that have been hosting this program for several years including Capital University, Marietta College , Miami University (Ohio), Michigan State University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio University, and Slippery Rock University. During the 2010-2011 Up ‘til Dawn year, Mount Union was again a huge success, raising the second highest amount of money in our region and placing in the top ten fundraising schools nationwide. We have continued to raise large amount of money for the cause, recently wrapping up the 2013-2014 fundraising year with the second highest total in our region.
At Mount Union, a dedicated group of students work to make this student-run philanthropic program a success by inspiring their fellow students to get involved. In the fall, students form teams to send letters on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Then, in the spring, students once again come together to celebrate the mission of St. Jude as well as the work they have done for the cause by revealing the total money raised by Mount Union at the Finale event. In addition to these two anchor events, the Up ‘til Dawn Executive Board works hard throughout the year to program side events and share the message of St. Jude on campus.
If you would like more information or are interested in getting involved with Up ‘til Dawn, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.