Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital said it best,
"No Child should die in the dawn of life."
A year ago I had the opportunity to visit the St. Jude hospital in Memphis, TN. It was a life-changing experience. To see everything that goes in to bring normalcy to the lives of the families who walk in those doors, looking for a miracle, there is no other word for it than amazing.
Last year I was blown away by my friends and family who helped me raise nearly $900 for the 2016 Walk/Run and this year I have set my goals even higher!
What does your gift mean at St. Jude? Raising $1,000 is equal to 2/3 of the cost of one day of chemo therapy; raising $750 would provide two days of oxygen for a St. Jude patient. $250 provides a meal card to a family for a week while they support their child. A gift of $500 would cover one platelet transfusion, $100 helps to provide a platelet count test for two patients, $57 provides necessities for parents who may have left their home in a rush to get their child to St. Jude after learning of their diagnosis, $30 covers the cost of a families meals for a day at the Kay Kafe (St. Jude cafeteria), $10 could be a new toy at the hospital play area and a gift as small as $3 would provide a patient with a pediatric isolation mask to protect their compromised immune system.
At a time when the world really needs a little more love and support, St Jude is a great example for the way we should all treat one another, giving 100% of ourselves and expecting nothing in return. No family receives a bill for their child's care, their families meals, their transportation or lodging, ever. They are never sent a bill and never asked for a donation, because the only thing a family should be focused on at that moment, is getting their child healthy.
Of all the great facts, statistics and pieces of information I've learned, one that stands out is a saying they share at St. Jude, "One child saved at St. Jude means thousands saved around the world." They actually live their slogan of "No child should die in the dawn of life", not just the ones who come to their hospital, but No Child. They do this by freely sharing their research so other hospitals around the world can use the advancements they make to save lives, no matter where they are.
This is why I choose to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.