Yates City hopes to raise thousands for St. Jude

By Anna Yee

June 9, 2012 Updated Jun 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM CDT

YATES CITY, Ill. -- Hundreds of people are coming together Saturday in Yates City, to help raise money for children with cancer.

Patrons of the 'My Place Bar' Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital Benefit can participate in games, raffles, an auction, and other activities.

Organizers say since the benefit started 10 years ago, four Yates City children have been treated at St. Jude.

"When we started this Kayla was 14," said Jody McKinty, organizer and owner of My Place bar. "When you look at her, you didn't, she was never going to have kids. You didn't know if she'd make it day to day, and to see her come today with her little girl to the carnival, just really means a lot."

All proceeds benefit patients like 5-year-old Jarett Fausner, who has a message for all St. Jude kids.

"I would just say I hope you're feeling good and just be brave," said Fausner,

Organizers say their goal is to raise $70,000, up about $2,000 from last year's total.

he St. Jude Benefit runs until about midnight Sunday morning.

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