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What St Jude Means To Me

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Ronald McDonald House Memphis
courtesy Stephanie Crist

 

I have been to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital many, many times, and I’m always  taken aback at how bright and cheery and hopeful a place it is. You expect to see kids dying of cancer, and their shell shocked parents, but instead it’s a place of such joy. Amazing, really.

Some of my memories include a little boy named Owen, who helped us cook breakfast at Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, when we were there delivering supplies with Zoie’s Angels He had a little chef’s uniform on, and seemed so oblivious to the fact that he was desperately, desperately sick. He was just a little boy who wanted to help cook. I saw him 2 years later, and he was doing good – still just a little boy, but one who was on his way to surviving cancer.

Also, one time when I was touring the hospital with Country Cares for Kids, I got a phone call from one of our dear Acadiana friends – Sara Simon. She knew I was at St Jude, and she and her husband Casey had purchased a brick in memory of their little angel Autumn, who had passed away the year before, right after bringing her to our St Jude Radiothion at 97.3 the Dawg. Sara wanted a picture of the Memory Brick with Autumn’s name on it, because they hadn’t seen it yet. When I tell you that there are 10′s of thousands of Memory Bricks at St Jude, I’m not exaggerating. I was completely overwhelmed, and I knew I would never, ever be able to find it, and I couldn’t let them down. But I did find it, which was a miracle, really. St Jude had every brick and it’s location on a computer database, and they told me exactly where it was. I took the picture for the Simon’s, so they could see their Memory Brick for their precious little St Jude angel.

I think it was divine intervention, or maybe just one of those little everyday miracles that happen when you are at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

I think of our St Jude kids and their parents often, and know that what we are doing, with your help, IS one of those everyday miracles. God Bless each and every one of you who is helping us fight childhood cancer at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital! Help us by becoming a Partner in Hope – call 1-800-372-4999.

 

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