I remember sitting on the porch with my family the day that I was told my baby sister had cancer. It is a hard day to forget. I think it was the first and only time that I have seen my father cry. I remember both of my brothers crying. I remember my mother crying. What I don’t remember is my sister crying. In hindsight, I think she knew she was a miracle. She was a miracle that was going to be in the best care possible - the care of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
I am raising money to give back, much like all St. Jude Heroes. However, instead of telling you the facts and statistics of Childhood Cancer, I am going to explain something that most people don’t understand. I will start with a true story.
Years after my sister had completed treatment at St. Jude I was standing in line at a local K-Mart to pay for some random items - I can’t even begin to remember what they were. It was November, and K-Mart is a Partner in Hope during St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving. “Would you like to donate one dollar, five dollars, or ten dollars to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital?” the cashier asked the lady in front of me. “No. That place is a scam.” That. Place. Is. A. Scam. I could hardly contain my anger, but instead of acting out, I explained to this...lady...my families’ story. She didn’t know that NO FAMILY RECEIVES A BILL FOR THE CARE AT ST. JUDE.
While she didn’t end up donating, I was happy to inform her. The donations that YOU give to St. Jude don’t just pay for the millions of dollars of treatment, the upkeep of the stunningly beautiful campus, or even pay for the brilliant staff of St. Jude. What they do is help keep families WHOLE. My mother never had to worry about working. She had to worry about the health of her baby girl. She never had to worry “how are we going to pay for food today?” She had to think, “what can I get Samantha to eat today?” She never had to think “I can’t afford to travel back and forth from the hospital.” She was able to think “We can go home for a short weekend so Samantha has a sense of normalcy.”
Not only does St. Jude treat children with cancer, St. Jude treats families with cancer.
My family was fortunate enough to be treated by St. Jude. My family wants to help St. Jude treat the next family. Please donate anything you can. One dollar is never too little.
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