Pepper in Some Hope

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By now I'm sure everyone realizes that today is the first day of September. I think September is probably my favorite month because it means the start of Fall, which is my favorite season. September also means the beginnings of cooler weather and leaves changing their wardrobe to flaunt the beautiful colors of the season. This is my most favorite time of the year!

The thing I like most about the month of September, though, is that it's National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. And that means eating at Chili's...a lot. You see, Chili's is one of St. Jude's big sponsors. In 2002 Chili’s began The Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer program. Every year during the month of September, when you eat at Chili's, you can color a pepper and make a donation to St. Jude. They hang all of the peppers on the wall throughout the month. And on the last Monday of September, Chili's donates all (100%) of thier profits to St. Jude.

In 2006, Chili's announced plans to raise $50 million over a 10-year period, the largest single partner donation in the history of the hospital. In honor of the partnership, a state-of-the-art-building was named the Chili's Care Center. The center houses the Department of Radiological Sciences, inpatient activities areas and research laboratories. The Chili's Care Center was completed in November 2007. Now the children of St. Jude benefit from more sophisticated diagnostic imaging technologies and more precise radiation therapy.

For the record, they have already raised more than $25 million.

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