It was astounding.
It was humbling.
My faith in both humanity and God was strengthened.
This event is so close to my heart and strengthening to my faith, so I will admit, it is hard for me to share the experience without sharing my feelings of personal faith. I hope you will understand, and I know, that I know everyone has different faith and beliefs, but I hope that wont take away from what I want to share…
This visit opened my eyes to what each person can do to save the life of a child. As a parent, whose heart is controlled by invisible strings that bind me to the little people running around in my life, personalizing the fear, pain, and agony that these families must feel after getting a diagnosis, was almost too much to bear.
When Danny Thomas founded St. Jude’s it was a personal pay it forward moment. When his daughter was born, he had no job, and no money, so he prayed to have the money to bring his child home from the hospital, with the promise that he would do something to pay it back.
In my mind’s eye I could see a loving God happily answering this prayer, knowing that Danny would fulfill his promise in a way that would answer a thousand prayers not yet uttered, for sick children not yet born, but who are just as important to God.
But beyond that what St Jude has done is astounding.
When the hospital was started in about 1962 the survival rate for ALL (a form of leukemia) the most common form of cancer in was a 4% chance that your child WOULD LIVE if they were diagnosed. Think about that, 4%. Everyone thought they were wasting their time trying to help. HOWEVER- within ten years they had brought that number up to 54%! And now they are at 94% chance, with a goal to eradicate childhood cancer. The overall childhood cancer survival rates were 10% in 1962 and have been pushed to over 80% today.
And again my heart is swelling and my eyes are literally filled with tears as I type this, a 94% chance of life. It makes me think of Polio, and how they were able to eradicate that. I believe that someday they will be able to eradicate this cancer, and give all children the chance to live – a 100% chance, every child should have that chance.
I want to just add some other quick notes about things that I learned:
- St Jude is a research hospital, but instead of holding on to that research so that they can profit off off it and makes millions from creating drugs or what not with the knowledge. Instead they share that research with other hospitals so that all children can benefit from it as well.
- It costs 2.4 million dollars a DAY to run the hospital.
- Families never receive a bill from St Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should have to worry about is helping their child live.
Danny Thomas believed that he would rather have one million families or people donate $1.00 than 1 person donate $1,000,000.
I agree! Each of us doing a small part to help the burdens of another person to bind our hearts together instead of creating a wider divide in this country and in this whole world. Think of how it will help us all feel more love for each other and feel a part of our community.
So today I am asking, that if you can,
And as a thank you, Dawn, our fabulous contributor has this lovely free printable that you can download as a thank you.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, can you believe it? Where does the time go? For me, that means prepping the house to host an endless stream of family and friends. As an introvert, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the planning and people. I have to admit that sometimes I lose track of the true meaning behind the holiday. I created today’s printable, “full of thanks and giving”, to be a simple reminder of why we gather — to be thankful of all that we have and to give to those who have less.
The print is minimal, clean and modern to match just about any decor. Per usual, I’ve set you up with all the standard frame sizes: 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10. Simply download the PDF, click print and trim to place in your favorite frame. Update your decor for the season while reminding those who gather with you of the true meaning of the holiday season. Let us all be full of thanks and giving!
Please think of donating to
as a way to pay it forward.
Thank you to Cassity and the team at Remodelaholic for having me back each month! If you’re a fan of printables and seasonal decor, be sure to hop on over to my website AD Aesthetic where I team up with my friend Ashley to bring you even more inspiration, freebies and design related fun.
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Thank you to Shaw Floors for letting me experience and learn about St Jude! And thank you to Dawn for being so talented and incredible to make such a wonderful printable.