Whether you’re a parent, an aunt, an uncle, a grandparent, or a friend, we all watch those St. Jude T.V. commercials showing sick children undergoing treatments we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. I cry during each and every one of those commercials. In my 28 year nursing career I have focused my time mostly on adult critical care. I have come into contact with a few sick children, but none with cancer. I have three healthy children, and I thank God every day that they are healthy. Like any parent, sometimes I think, what if that were my child in that commercial, what would I do, how would I cope? I answer myself in denial, but the reality is that 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. Some of those children will be treated in their home state, and may be covered by their parents insurance, but there are many that do not have access to top medical care, and who cannot afford it. This is where St. Jude Children’s hospital comes in.
Named after the St. of lost causes, and founded by actor Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s hospital fulfilled a promise that Danny made to St. Jude in return for providing him guidance in his life. Through tireless fundraising events, and the help of the Arab-American community (ALSAC), monies were raised, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened their doors on February 4, 1962. The cost of treatment is free for those who otherwise could not afford it.
At the time of the opening of St. Jude Children’s Hospital the survival rate for childhood cancer was 20%. With the sophisticated research capabilities of St. Jude, that survival rate has climbed to 80%, and diseases that were considered a death sentence, now have a survival rate of 94%.
St. Jude has always been a charity close to my heart, and this November 5th I will be running the Savannah 1/2 Rock-n-Roll Marathon under the banner of St. Jude. I have volunteered to collect $500.00 for this run to donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. If possible, I would ask anyone reading this to donate what you can. Any amount is helpful. I have collected $385.00 so far which is 77% of my goal. And if you cannot donate at this time in your life, please consider donating to St. Jude at some time in the future.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this post, and donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The link to my page can be found below.