Monique Linder, founder and chief executive officer of OMG Media Solutions, was recently appointed to the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) Minneapolis Advisory Council for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
ALSAC works to generate the funds needed to support the research and lifesaving treatment at St. Jude for children battling pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
“St. Jude is built on health equity,” said Linder. “Founder Danny Thomas showed great courage and determination to reject the Jim Crow laws of the South during the 1960s. The history is inspiring, including the story of a young Black boy critically injured in an accident and refused treatment at area hospitals because of the color of his skin. He ultimately died of his injuries, which was the catalyst for his vision to create St. Jude. Danny Thomas carried this article in his pocket, as he worked tirelessly to make his dream a reality of building a hospital for children, where no one would be discriminated against or turned away. I am delighted to be a member of the advisory council.”
Ultimately, ALSAC is responsible for supporting the promise that no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
“It is easy to oversimplify what we do in the field as transactional work due to the number of local fundraising campaigns and events we plan, but it is so much more than that,” said Amanda Cahow, ALSAC regional executive director. “We care about building long-term relationships with our neighbors and friends in the Twin Cities with wonderful people like Monique Linder who have a spirit of compassion and desire to make a difference.”
The council is working to increase support for the mission of St. Jude of finding cures and saving children.
“I am grateful to Monique and other members of the advisory council who are strengthening our communities by connecting businesses and private supporters in a shared vision that supports local children who might receive care at St. Jude and the thousands of families across the globe who benefit from its research discoveries that are freely shared with doctors and scientists everywhere,” said Cahow. “Their team synergy and dedication to the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital energizes us all.”