Ten years ago, our family was excited to welcome not one, but two new little ones into our family. The room was set, the bags were packed, and car seats were ready in the car. The last doctor’s appointment, one week from Jaime’s scheduled delivery, went smoothly and everyone was doing well. Then on December 3, she no longer felt the “restlessness” of our little ones moving about. Later on that afternoon, doctors confirmed our worst nightmare---there were no heartbeats, the girls were gone. Words can not express the devastation that we felt. The pain intensified as we looked into Andrew and Victoria’s faces and told them that their sisters were in heaven. From that moment, our family made a commitment to help the children and families at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
This hospital is committed to providing its patients the care they deserve and the families the ability to take care of their child without worrying about medical expenses. St. Jude’s can do this through the donations of people like you.
Team Angel Babies is looking to raise as much as possible for the patients and families of this hospital. We are hoping that this money can help keep other parents from having to face the difficulties of losing a child. Our team is working to support the live-saving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Our team is not only committed to training for the race but we are also working to make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Our fundraising efforts will:
- Help us ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Because of donors like us, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
- St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
If you are unable to donate at this time, we are asking that you send thoughts and prayers to Team Angel Babies as we run on Saturday, December 5.
With much gratitude and thanks,
Tom and Jaime Shiban