Twenty-six business leaders are on their way to jail.
It's not really jail, and they've already agreed to go. On Thursday, they'll be "arrested" by volunteer jailers and taken to the Holiday Inn. Jailers will provide a telephone and allow unlimited calls, because to get out, the inmates will need to raise $500 bail to benefit medical research.
"Captured for Kids" is a fund-raiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital based in Memphis, Tenn. Craig will join at least 40 other cities in this region to raise money for research on diseases such as childhood cancers, AIDS and osteoporosis.
St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and has treated 19,000 patients from all 50 states and 60 countries since it opened in 1962, said Ramsey Hemaidan, the event marketing representative for the event.
Even if a child with cancer from Craig is not treated directly at St. Jude's, they may benefit from treatment protocols developed there. All research done at the hospital is shared freely with all other hospitals, Hemaidan said.
Children diagnosed with cancer today have a better chance at survival than they did in 1962, Hemaidan said. For example, the five-year relative survival rate for children and teenagers diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia improved from 49.3 percent between 1974 and 1976 to 78.7 percent between 1989 and 1996, according to the Cancer Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.