There are so many wonderful charities I could talk about today. I've been touched by many of them, like the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, or the Special Olympics.
But the one that has directly impacted my life and the life of my son is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I recently read that it was considered the Nations’ most trusted charity and I can attest to that fact first hand.
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At the age of 16 my son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was in the month of April, and I still remember getting that phone call from the doctor like it was yesterday. That was a day that
our world fell apart changed the course of our lives.
I grew up like most of you seeing those TV specials with Marlo Thomas about St. Jude. Many times I would just change the channel, because it was too difficult to watch what those children were going through. Never would I have dreamed that I would walk through those front doors with my own child.
My son is now in remission. A survivor of a brain tumor that could of took his life. We are so very grateful, beyond words.
I remember one of the very first papers we signed at St. Jude was a contract that stated we would never receive a bill. Any costs that were above what our insurance would cover would be paid in full. Can you imagine? In the midst of all that was going on in our lives, they wanted to assure us that we would not have to worry about finances while our son was in treatment. Not to mention they paid for all of our transportation to and from Memphis, and provided housing and all our meals at no cost. Truly remarkable.
This May St. Jude will fly son and I up for his last 6 month check up. If all has remained stable, we will transfer to their After Complement of Therapy Clinic for the next 5 years. In hopes of being a St. Jude Alumni one day. This will be a major milestone in Jordan's life. We are so grateful for St. Jude for all they have done for us and thousands of other families over the years!
And thanks to all of you that have given each time you visit Chili’s, McDonald’s, Target and countless other places that support St. Jude.
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