The night of Tuesday, January 8th, my dear college friend, Angela, took her 5 week old baby, Samuel, to the ER thinking that she would be back home that night with her husband and baby. After being transferred to St. Jude, Samuel was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. On Saturday, January 12th, Samuel started his first round of chemo. Samuel is now in a place where he is not suffering anymore.
Please pray for Samuel's mommy and daddy, Angela and Daniel. Pray that God would comfort them and bring them strength. His mother is truly one of the most caring and giving people I know.
I doubt there is anyone alive today whose life has not been touched in some way by cancer. As families struggle through treatments, many are also going deep into debt to pay for these services. An article I read states that The American Journal of Medicine recently found, "Sixty-two percent of all bankruptcies filed in 2007 were tied to medical expenses." See the link below for the full article. As stated above, thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. What a tremendous gift to families who are already going through so very much.
On April 27, I will be running the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville in memory of Samuel. I feel honored to raise funds as a St. Jude Hero and to run for precious Samuel. I am honored to support St. Jude's lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. I need your support to help reach my fundraising goal of $1,200 for the children of St. Jude.
How your donation helps:
- Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
- St. Jude will continue to improve the treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.
- You will bring encouragement and strength to Samuel's family as well as countless others receiving treatment at St. Jude.
Thank you for helping me raise funds for children and babies like Samuel to receive care at St. Jude. I hope the funds we raise could aid doctors to treat babies and children with neuroblastoma so that other families do not have to experience this suffering.
- Basic scientists continue to investigate what factors cause neuroblastoma cells to form in the first place.
- A new anti-neuroblastoma antibody is currently under production at St. Jude to provide an additional tool to destroy residual microscopic disease.
- We are also investigating new ways to remove tumor cells contaminating the bone marrow by using drug combinations or laboratory methods to filter out the tumor cells.
- New treatments with drugs that inhibit cell receptors (on-off switches on tumor cells) or cause cells to undergo differentiation (maturation) are under evaluation in early clinical trials.Thank you so much for your prayers and support.Cindy Plumb
How Your Donations Help
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and "coming off chemo": $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child's completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child's life, and it's important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.
No Mo Chemo Parties!
We hit and passed $250 in donations, some of which could potentially be used for three different children to celebrate defeating cancer at "No Mo Chemo" parties! Click the link below to see a child named Markell celebrating at his "No Mo Chemo" party!
"No Mo' Chemo"
When we raise $75 more, we will help fund three "No Mo' Chemo parties" for the children of St. Jude.
From your donations, we have already raised enough to cover the cost of two platelet count tests! Samuel's mommy recently wrote, "Another thing you can do to help is to DONATE BLOOD. Or platelets or plasma. Samuel has received quite a bit so far, and it is very important to his treatment (and for many other kiddos)." (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/scox) Thank you for your prayers and donations!
Cindy & Benom Plumb
Doug & Cathy Berger
Robert , Jean and family
Chris, Becca & Paton Cooper
Jeff and April Hyde
John and Katie Allred
The Doovies Sistas
Brad and Hannah Johnson
JC & Pam Henson
Terry & Carol Wilson
Daniel & Angela Cox
Luke and Becca Wakefield
Casey and Sally Lockett
Matt & Bethany Bettenhausen
Daniel and Julie Levic
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Denney
Daniel and Angela Cox