Me with Mrs. Sarah Wright, my hostess for the day
My favorite part of the day was the Meet and Greet where I was able to spend one on one time with the patients and their families. It was such an amazing experience to see how strong the children are as they face such a scary time in their lives and they were such an inspiration to me. "Your child has cancer." No words strike more fear into a parent's heart, but all of the parents were so upbeat and encouraging for their children and I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to witness those moments. They have forever changed me.
Me with statue of St. Jude Thaddeus
Me with my amazing tour guide, Amy Stack and her assistant, Lauren Price
In the early 1960s, being diagnosed with childhood cancer meant almost certain death. The overall survival rate was less than 20%; for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), it was 4%. I was so happy to learn that childhood leukemia now has a 94% survival rate. It is so exciting! Unbelievable advancements have been made in all areas of cancer research and it is all shared freely worldwide with other institutions which is awe inspiring. The true measure of success will be the hospital’s ability to give children the lives they deserve: that first step, first day of school, first date, first job. A lifetime of everyday moments. That is the legacy of St. Jude.
“Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn
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