Enjoy an exciting night of basketball while supporting a great cause when the Kalamazoo College men's basketball team hosts Adrian College on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the Anderson Athletic Center.
The proceeds from the ticket gate will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The team's decision to host a charity fundraiser for St. Jude stems from a trip to Memphis, Tenn. over winter break. The Hornets took a tour of St. Jude and were amazed at the work being done there, and hope to make this an annual event for the team.
The halftime speaker on Wednesday will be Jesse Wagner, an 2004 Kalamazoo College alum and two-time patient at St. Jude, speaking about her experiences as a patient and her continued experience in their research. Please come out and support this wonderful cause and stay to see a tremendous group of guys play the game that they love!
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for individuals over 60 and under 18. Children under age 5 are free. All MIAA students, faculty, and staff receive one free ticket with college ID, although they are certainly encouraged to donate that evening as well.
Jessie Wagner '04, Halftime Speaker
Jessie Wagner is a 2004 alumna of Kalamazoo College and a two-time cancer survivor who was treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Jessie was first diagnosed with Wilms' Tumor, a childhood form of kidney cancer, when she was six months old. She was then diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, a second primary cancer, as sophomore at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, MI.
While at K, Jessie underwent treatment for her thyroid cancer, and had the support of many on campus, including but not limited to Suzanne Lepley, Dr. Jimmy Jones, and Zinta Aistars. Jessie studied biology at K, and conducted her SIP research at St. Jude in 2003. She was also the executive director of Up 'til Dawn, a student chapter of a collegiate fundraiser for the hospital. In three years, the campus raised more than $40,000 for St. Jude.
Upon graduation from K, Jessie served as an admission counselor at Kalamazoo College before moving to Philadelphia to join Teach for America in 2005. She taught high school science for two years – a wonderful combination of her love of science and people. After returning to Kalamazoo in 2007, Jessie served as a career counselor in the Center for Career and Professional Development at K for a year. She then transitioned to The Career Center in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, where she serves as a career development specialist and part-time instructor. One of her recent accomplishments was becoming a Global Career Development Facilitator.
In her spare time, Jessie loves to be outdoors, travel, ski, and spend time with friends and family. She has been cancer free for 10 years, and has officially become an alumna of St. Jude. Jessie holds both Kalamazoo College and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital close to her heart, and is forever thankful to both institutions.