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Anglers gear up for the 17th annual Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic


Abby Lindall

MINNEAPOLIS (April 21, 2015) – For the 17th year, bass anglers from across the Midwest will come together with their fundraising dollars and fish in the annual Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic in the Wabasha Municipal Harbor. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in Wabasha, Minnesota, at Slippery’s Bar & Grill to kick off an exciting tournament weekend, celebrating the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Guests will celebrate individual fundraising efforts by anglers for St. Jude kids. Each participating team must raise a minimum of $500 to participate in the tournament, with all dollars going directly to help the patients and families at St. Jude. Since the tournament’s inception, over $1.6 million has been raised for the hospital.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To show appreciation for the angler’s support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the order of boat launches will be based on their fundraising success.

On Saturday, May 2, there will be fishing at Wabasha Municipal Harbor, a tournament weigh-in, and dinner banquet at Slippery’s featuring live and silent auctions. The event wraps up on Sunday, May 3, with more fishing, a final tournament weigh-in and an awards ceremony on the Mississippi River at the Wabasha Ramp.

St. Jude patient parents Nate and Susan understand firsthand the importance of raising awareness and funding for

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Their daughter Abby was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor called crainopharyngioma in November of 2013. In January of 2014, they arrived at St. Jude to begin her treatment.

Like all St. Jude families, Abby’s family has never received a single bill from St. Jude. It’s because of generous donors that St. Jude is able to take the financial burden off of families like theirs. “Donations to St. Jude help doctors and scientists focus on the best technologies and treatment plan for Abby – regardless of their financial situation,” said Nate. “The research St. Jude does has been invaluable to in us when it comes to her daily care, as well as planning for her future.” Abby is now in her second year of treatment at St. Jude and returns every six months for checkups.

Nate is excited to be at this year’s tournament to support all of the anglers and their fundraising for the hospital that saved his daughter. He also will be sharing Abby’s story at the dinner banquet on Saturday, May 2.

To register or learn more about the tournament, visit stjudefishing.com or call Melissa Bargmann at (952) 893-0442 or email [email protected]

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

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