CANCER HAS NOT TAKEN A COVID BREAK, SO NEITHER WILL I !!!
TOGETHER, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!
On July 18th, the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria will host the 43rd Annual St. Jude Telethon. At this point, we do not know what it will look like due to COVID-19, but we know one thing, there will be a telethon. I will again be the chairman of the Bloomington Telethon. With this letter, I am asking for your support to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and its Midwest Affiliate in Peoria. Thanks to your donation, at St. Jude, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should have to be concerned with is helping their child live!
As a member of the St. Jude Midwest Leadership Board of Directors, I have learned of the many incredible research advancements St. Jude continues to uncover, closing in on a 90% overall cure rate. However, that still means we are losing one in every ten kids and that is unacceptable. With the pandemic, we have been unable to have some of our fundraisers, so we need to have a huge telethon response to make sure we do not lose ground in that race to a 100% cure rate. Hey, the government has been handing out money like candy, so please consider sharing it with St. Jude.
As many of you know, I lost my dear Mother unexpectedly at the end of 2019. Above is a picture of the two of us the day before she passed away, having breakfast together on Christmas morning. She always followed my St. Jude fundraising efforts closely, constantly checking my website and letting me know if I was short of my goal. So please, do not let me disappoint her this year and let’s break the $200,000 level for the first time. I know times are tough, but cancer isn’t taking a break, and we can’t either. Therefore, Martha and I will again make a matching contribution equal to 15% of the first $175,000 that I raise for the telethon. Accordingly, if I can raise $175,000, St. Jude will receive $201,250. I am asking you to be as generous as you can this year to help me reach this goal and make Mom flash that sweet smile from above!!! Please also share this letter with friends or family members who may not be receiving a request to help the Kids.
The cost to operate St. Jude for one year has increased to approximately $1 billion, or approximately $1,900 a minute!!! If we can reach the $201,250 total, that would fund St. Jude for 106 minutes. To accomplish this, I hope you will consider giving a gift of a minute ($1,900) or a multiple or fraction thereof. For example, a gift of 30 seconds would be $950; 15 seconds ($475); 10 seconds ($317); or 5 seconds ($158). While a few seconds may seem insignificant, all of these seconds add up to the time necessary to save lives. The minute you support just might be the most important minute of a child’s life. I heard one St. Jude parent say to a group of donors, “I don’t know which one of you gave the dollar that saved my daughter’s life, but I thank you!” Every minute at St. Jude counts, so never think your donation isn’t making a difference. Believe me, I’ve personally witnessed some of these amazing life-changing minutes in Memphis!
If you are employed by a company with a matching program, please submit a request for matching funds to be sent to St. Jude and ask that they be applied to my telethon total [VIP #526] so that these monies will also be matched by us.
I have been extremely humbled over the years at the response I have received in connection with my appeals for donations for St. Jude. Through last year’s telethon, I have raised just over $986,000 for St. Jude. The cost to treat a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, is approximately $400,000, so all I can do is thank everyone for their generosity which has made it possible to save the lives of two (and soon to be three) kids.