Boo! Skeleton displays help raise money for kids fighting cancer

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"A collaborative effort of Halloween fans nationwide to raise funds for St Jude Children's Hospital through the display of our Halloween Skeleton's."

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Halloween is five days away and we have a story that both celebrates the holiday and helps sick children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

This story begins in 2020 when Jeff Robertson, of Holly Springs, N.C. put skeletons in his front yard for Halloween.

Robertson decided to go one step further and try to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In one month, Robertson was able to raise $8,195 for the hospital through a fundraiser on Facebook.

During that time, a young family stopped by Robertson’s home.

The family had heard about the skeleton display and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital sign in his yard.

As Robertson tells it, a man came out of the car crying and his wife was crying in their car.

The man from North Carolina noticed a young girl in the car with very little hair on her head.

That two-year-old was going through cancer treatment at St. Jude’s and having the time of her life looking at the display.

This provided great motivation for Robertson going into Halloween this year.

Robertson was not alone in this journey as Nashville native, Jennifer Corcoran decided to work together to take this fundraiser to the next level.

As the administrator of many Facebook groups, the Nashville native brought a lot of participants to the cause.

Corcoran had a cousin who died of cancer last year.

The Nashville native shared why this fundraiser has great meaning for her, “I especially wanted to do one for St. Jude because my cousin, Fred Santoro died of cancer last August and St. Jude was an organization that was near and dear to his heart, so myself personally, I am doing this to honor his memory.”

The partnership between Robertson and Corcoran has raised a lot of money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Over the past 13 months, Skeletons for St. Jude has raised almost $110,000 and the fundraiser is still ongoing.

Their partnership has caught the attention of one major company and many people including a Baton Rouge native.

Home Depot has joined in and donated $45,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Which brings us to Baton Rouge native Bridget Franklin.

Franklin lives in Baton Rouge. and the local resident heard about this cause on the 12 Ft Skeleton Halloween Club Facebook page.

Franklin thought the fundraiser was great and added her contribution to the cause as you can see in this Instagram post.

As of Monday, October 25, there were over 300 houses throughout the United States that had shared their skeleton displays.

This map gives you an idea of the reach of this fundraiser.

Image courtesy of Jeff Robertson

If you are interested in contributing to this cause, download this PDF file. Then print out the sign and put it in your yard along with your skeleton display. Once you have it in your yard, please snap a photo and put it on the Skeletons for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Facebook page along with your city and state.

During the 2021 campaign, $101,000 has been raised through ‘Skeletons for St. Jude.’

As it was in 2020, all of the money raised in 2021 is going to St. Jude’s.

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