I’m a St. Jude Blogger Ambassador.
I love hearing my mom and dad tell stories about me when I was little. I was an independent, animal loving, cartoon watching, and Cabbage Patch holding kind of kid. Always smiling and playing with my cousins, I guess you can say I was a typical child. Although, my mom might say otherwise. Like all kids, I didn’t have a care in the world, other than to be a kid. This is all I could think about on my recent tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
No child should die in the dawn of life.-Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Officially opened on February 4, 1962, St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented here have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. And they aren’t stopping until it’s 100%. They freely share the discoveries they make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
And consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Also, unlike any other hospital, the majority of their funding comes from individual contributions. Yes, from you and I. That’s why no donation is ever too small. Every penny counts towards saving lives.
During the entire tour, I was in awe of St. Jude and the work they do. From research, giving the children as normal of a life as possible, to helping families adjust—St. Jude takes care of everything. I knew the money I raised from the 5K I walked was going to an amazing cause. And every corner you turn in the hospital, there is always amazing art on the walls. Whether it’s a patient’s creation or a mural, it’s a beautiful sight to see. You may even notice an elephant theme going on in the Target House photos. That’s their beloved mascot! According to them, “The elephant is a symbol of family, long life, strength and hope. This playful pachyderm has also been a source of artistic inspiration for celebrities and other special guests since Target House opened in 1999.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital truly is a special place. We were told brave and inspiring stories of the children, some who survived and others who didn’t. I will never forget them. I genuinely feel like I left a piece of my heart there. I will continue to support St. Jude and share the amazing things they are doing for our children. I hope you can help support them with a donation today.
Disclosure: I am a St. Jude Blogger Ambassador and I was hosted on this tour. Transportation, hotel, and meals were provided. Any and all opinions are true and my own.