Tracy Wirtz shares her story of her sweet little friend:

I remember vividly a phone call I got from my good friend Deb Savoie a few years ago. Our mutual friend Sue Sue has a niece named Danielle, and she had not been feeling well. She had been having headaches and throwing up and her mom knew something wasn't right so she took her to the doctor. Scans showed a growth near her brain stem and they weren't sure what it was but knew it needed immediate attention.

Deb wanted to know how to get in touch with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Over the next few weeks, I spoke with Danielle's mom and could feel her anguish and fear palpibly over the phone. They visited doctors and ultimately made the decision to go to Memphis. Danielle went through a dangerous biopsy and made it through with flying colors. She endured a rigorous course of radiation and, today, is doing well. She visits St. Jude every three months.

She still has that tumor because it's in an area where they can't remove it and the radiation stopped its growth. However, they must monitor it and her. They will do that... forever. Her family remains grateful for the wonderful care they receive.

They have developed some lasting friendships with other St. Jude families and continue to be advocates for that wonderful place. A couple of years ago, Randy and Jackie (Danielle's parents) decided they wanted to give back so they began Danielle's Rhythm & Blues Dance & Auction. They hold it at Pat's Atchafalaya Club in Henderson and I am honored to be able to help in any way that I can. It is so much fun! There are many St. Jude families that come join in the festivities and people from all parts of Acadiana come to enjoy the music of 10 different local artists. You are invited, too. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend.

Save the date! October 2nd. You WILL have a good time and you WILL help save the life a child!