An OOIDA member and his wife are organizing a truck convoy
to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
The event, called the Convoy for St. Jude, is scheduled for
8 a.m. local time Saturday, May 28, 2005, at the Petro Truck Stop on Interstate
40 in Knoxville, TN. The trucks will then travel to the Petro in West Memphis,
AR, about 400 miles. Truckers will pay $100 per vehicle to take part, all of
which will go to benefit St. Jude’s.
Bob and Barbara Brousseau of Myrtle Beach, SC, are
organizing the event. The couple came up with the idea after seeing coverage
for the World’s Largest Truck Convoy, an annual event that benefits Special
The couple did not hear about the Special Olympics benefit
until after it had taken place.
“I thought, I could have been involved in that if I had
heard about it beforehand,” she said. “And I thought, if we can do convoys for
other organizations, why not St. Jude’s? … That got the ball rolling.”
“I always thought St. Jude was a good organization, and
we’ve donated to them before.”
Barb said she and Bob had already made arrangements with
officials in both states to allow the convoy to come through. Each truck will
have a sign in its windshield identifying it as part of the convoy.
Barb said truckers could pay cash to take part that day, but
event organizers prefer that truckers register in advance. The deadline to register
in advance is April 29, which should give organizers time to send a receipt
back in the mail. Drivers will need to bring their receipts to take part.
In a news release, St. Jude’s officials said the proceeds
from the event would go to help children who have cancer and other
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis,
TN, was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. It opened in 1962. The
families of children who are treated at the hospital do not pay for treatment
not covered by insurance, and the institution shares its research with
scientific and medical researchers around the world. When the hospital first
opened, only 5 percent of those with the most common type of childhood leukemia
survived. Now the survival rate is 80 percent.
If the convoy is successful, Barb said St. Jude’s may give
the couple permission to make it an annual fund-raiser.
Entry fee checks can be mailed to Convoy for St. Jude, 3001
N. Kings Highway, PMB 227, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577. Truckers who pay their
entry fee the day of the event should bring cash. Call (843) 267-7972 for
--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor