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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to Ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell


ADVISORY, Nov. 20, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) --

What: Award winning Actress, Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Donald J. Germano, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Kmart Stores, will preside over the closing bell. Kmart Stores is one of many new St. Jude corporate sponsors. Ms. Thomas and Mr. Germano will be available for media interviews at the NASDAQ MarketSite. They are here to kick off the 3rd annual Thanks and Giving holiday campaign, a national retail and marketing program which asks consumers to "Give Thanks For The Healthy Kids In Your Lives And Give To Those Who Are Not." 84 cents of every dollar received goes to research and treatment at St. Jude that is saving children's lives in every community in the country. The campaign starts the day after Thanksgiving and continues through the holidays. Also joining Marlo will be St. Jude patients benefiting from the life-saving discoveries and treatments. Where: NASDAQ MarketSite - 4 Times Square - 43rd & Broadway - Broadcast Studio When: Tuesday November 21, 2006 at 4 p.m. ET Contacts: Amy Glickman Vice President Rubenstein Communications 212.843.8063 Debra Newman St. Jude Children's Research Hospital NASDAQ MarketSite: Jolene Libretto; 646.441.5220

Feed Information:

The closing bell is available from 3:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. on uplink IA-6 C-band/transponder 17. The downlink frequency is 4040 Vertical; Audio 6.2-6.8. The feed can also be found on Waterfront fiber 1623. If you have any questions, please contact Jolene Libretto at (646) 441-5220.


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About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude immediately and freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude pays for costs of travel, food and lodging for every patient and a parent. Eighty-four cents of every dollar St. Jude receives goes to research and treatment. St. Jude pioneered treatment for the most common form of leukemia that has brought the survival rate from 4 percent in 1962 to more than 90 percent today. St. Jude recently discovered a way to lessen side effects, making radiation treatment more effective for virtually all cancers. St Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fund-raising organization. For more information, please visit

About Thanks and Giving Campaign:

Thanks and Giving is an unprecedented coming together of celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners that asks the public to "Give Thanks For The Healthy Kids In Your Lives And Give To Those Who Are Not." The Thanks and Giving initiative was created in 2004 by National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, children of hospital founder Danny Thomas. Funds raised by the campaign support the life-saving mission of St. Jude to find cures for desperately ill children in communities everywhere. Customers nationwide are asked to help raise funds at participating retailers by adding a donation at check out or by purchasing specialty items to benefit St. Jude. Donations can also be made online at, where a complete list of fund-raising partners is available, or by calling 1-800-4STJUDE.

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