Fundraiser a success


Holidays are meant to be spent at home with family, not in a hospital bed. But some teens battling cancer do not have a choice.

Whitney Setterdahl, a sophomore at the University of Illinois and a St. Joseph Ogden grad, wanted to helped brighten some of those patient’s holidays. She organized a gift and money donation called Stockings for Strength to give presents to 72 teens at Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis.

Setterdahl chose the hospital because of its special significance to her: it’s the hospital where she receives cancer treatments.

“Honestly it was probably the absolute best Christmas present for me just because it’s something I’m very passionate about and something that I got to see from the other side,” she said. “And to know how that would’ve meant to me when I was there.”

Setterdahl was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer July 24, 2015. She went to her doctor’s office to receive a shot when the nurse felt lumps on her glands. It was diagnosed as cancerous, and she had her thyroid completely moved Aug. 13.

Setterdahl moved into Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls one week later.

“Ultimately the best decision I’ve ever made was to go through with it because I obviously felt healthy and got back on my feet relatively quickly,” she said. “And the thought of being at home all semester was pretty horrible, so I’m glad I gave it a shot.”

Setterdahl has since undergone three radioactive iodine treatments, which attack thyroid tissue leftover after surgery. To support Setterdahl, two of her Kappa Delta sorority sisters sold T-shirts last summer, and the company gave Setterdahl 15 percent of the profits to donate to a charity of her choice.

She had $200 to spend, but she was weary of donating the money to research. Instead, she thought of her own experience in the hospital. She remembered how she wished the hospital felt homier and realized she could help bring that feeling to teens.

Her goal was to raise $500 to buy presents for patients and donate them around the holidays. Instead, she raised $3,500.

“My goal was $500, so it definitely blew all my expectations out of the water,” she said.

Prairieview-Ogden District 197 held a toy drive to help, collecting 10 to 12 boxes in addition to the money Setterdahl raised. She even had to scrap her plans to donate stockings because she had so many gifts to donate and some that were too large to fit.

Setterdahl traded stockings for tote bags stuffed with items such as hand sanitizer, lotion, makeup, Rubik’s Cubes, board games, including Catchphrase, remote control cars, pajama pants and fuzzy socks. She could not deliver the presents herself because of sanitary concerns, but she received updates as staff handed them out.

“I think realizing how many people it truly impacted is still very surreal for me, and it’s something I definitely want to continue and keep going in the future and giving back,” she said. “Especially Barnes, because it’s such an amazing place and they made it so easy to give and everything.”

Setterdahl plans to organize Stockings for Strength again next year, though she might shy away from focusing on cash donations and encourage people to donate more presents if possible.

And next holiday season, Setterdahl hopes to be almost cancer-free. On Dec. 30, she received her first negative scan since she was diagnosed. In order to be considered in remission, she must have three consecutive clear scans.

Then she will no longer be a patient, but a survivor.

Categories (2):News, People


The Leader embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. we reserve the right to remove any comment at its discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

jimms wrote on February 17, 2017 at 12:02 am
Profile Picture

Before doing whatever else, you should choose what the motivation behind your occasion is. Is this really a raising support occasion? Then again does it have pay to write my assignment different objectives? Perhaps your association may would like to raise cash at the occasion, but the primary capacity of the occasion is to pick up attention, or connect with another system.

uali20 wrote on March 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm

pleasant bLog! its fascinating. much obliged to you for sharing. Ostatus Gamers

uali20 wrote on March 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm

It’s good to check this kind of website. I think I would so much from you. Yu Gi Oh Duel Links Hack

uali20 wrote on March 19, 2017 at 1:03 am

Good to become visiting your weblog again, it has been months for me. Nicely this article that i've been waited for so long. I will need this post to total my assignment in the college, and it has exact same topic together with your write-up. Thanks, good share. Get More Information

Jack kevin wrote on April 07, 2017 at 5:04 am

Raising support occasions are a well known type of can someone do my assignment gathering pledges. While they can be awesome cash creators for an association, they can likewise be tedious and costly.

uali20 wrote on April 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm

I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.

SEO link pyramids

Justin22 wrote on April 19, 2017 at 6:04 am

This is also a very good post which I really enjoyed reading. It is not every day that I have the possibility to see something like this..graphic design sol

uali20 wrote on May 06, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Thanks for the informative and helpful post, obviously in your blog everything is good.. Legal Roids

uali20 wrote on May 14, 2017 at 2:05 am

We are a site that provides a series of movies and a wide range of content without any payment of course we do not compromise on the quality of the series and movies for viewing directly and provide the content of the highest quality. סרטים לצפייה ישירה

uali20 wrote on May 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Excellent effort to make this blog more wonderful and attractive. Gold News Australia

Justin22 wrote on May 23, 2017 at 4:05 am

Thanks for the informative and helpful post, obviously in your blog everything is good..

audi a3 steering wheel

uali20 wrote on May 31, 2017 at 4:05 pm

Excellent effort to make this blog more wonderful and attractive. bim100

uali20 wrote on June 04, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time, today i find it finally. this post give me lots of advise it is very useful for me. music production

uali20 wrote on June 08, 2017 at 1:06 pm

The web site is lovingly serviced and saved as much as date. So it should be, thanks for sharing this with supplements Australia

uali20 wrote on June 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

This website and I conceive this internet site is really informative ! Keep on putting up! watch movies online

uali20 wrote on June 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I have enjoyed reading your post first time. I want to say thanks for this post. Thank you... cat clothes for humans

uali20 wrote on July 02, 2017 at 1:07 pm

This is an awesome motivating article.I am practically satisfied with your great work. SMOK

uali20 wrote on July 02, 2017 at 1:07 pm

I was taking a gander at some of your posts on this site and I consider this site is truly informational! Keep setting up.. red copper pan reviews

uali20 wrote on July 02, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Cool stuff you have and you keep overhaul every one of us
swimming goggles

uali20 wrote on July 09, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Someone Sometimes with visits your blog regularly and recommended it in my experience to read as well. web design uk

jordanss123 wrote on July 18, 2017 at 3:07 am

still liked this article, good, good content, and unique design.Thank you for sharing the article.

uali20 wrote on July 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Wow what a Great Information about World Day its exceptionally pleasant educational post. a debt of gratitude is in order for the post. mp3download

tertip wrote on July 29, 2017 at 3:07 am

This can be answered with another question(s), how do I measure how much value you are bringing my graphic design companies People are looking for emblem creator and there aren't many experts out there

uali20 wrote on July 31, 2017 at 10:07 am

This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post! har vokse boots

uali20 wrote on August 06, 2017 at 10:08 am

Easily, the article is actually the best topic on this registry related issue. usssa slow pitch softball bats

uali20 wrote on August 08, 2017 at 3:08 pm

The web site is lovingly serviced and saved as much as date. click here

Sophie Miller wrote on August 10, 2017 at 6:08 am

Vielen Dank für Ihre Arbeit auf dem Blog! Du machst einen guten Job!


uali20 wrote 2 days 2 hours ago

I have read your excellent post. This is a great job. I have enjoyed reading your post first time. I want to say thanks for this post. Thank you... bitcoin cloud mining

Event Calendar

Today's Events  |  FAQ
Log in to add an event