Saturday, November 17, 2012

St. Jude 2012

Hey, y'all. I hope everyone's having a good weekend.  My weekend is about 10 days long thanks to the Thanksgiving break, so I'm kinda giddy right now.  I've got plans to do all kinds of stuff -- work and play -- and I'm hoping I can at least do half of it (you know how THAT is).

Our long weekend has started off pretty special:

We got a chance to do the St. Jude Give Thanks walk again this year.  It was actually outdoors this time (last year it was in an indoor shopping mall).

It was held at one of our favorite parks, and the walk was routed on the wooded trails. PERFECT.

It was a chilly morning, but the sunshine made it all better. 

I love this event because it's so family-friendly - another opportunity for me to show my kid how fortunate we are and why we do for others.

Of course my mom was there -- she does all of these events with me!

The hubby joined us, too!

One of the impromptu speakers at this year's St. Jude walk was a mother whose son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor at three-and-a-half years old.  Her son lost his battle with cancer at four-and-a-half.  My heart broke for her.  MY kid is three-and-a-half.  

Could. Not. Imagine.

BUT.  She was not there for our sympathy; she was there to celebrate St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  She mentioned several times how St. Jude not only took care of her son, but her family.  The hospital made it as painless as possible for them ALL.  It had even gotten to a point where her son ENJOYED going to St. Jude - she remembered how his eyes would light up as they approached the hospital.  

Heartbreaking and special at the same time.

St. Jude's mission is to cure and prevent pediatric diseases through research and treatment, and no child is denied based on race, religion, or the family's ability to pay.  St. Jude's daily operations are mostly possible because of contributions from people like you and me. 

Pretty amazing, right? 

Go here to learn how you can help.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend.  I plan to blog again soon, but if I don't get to it before the holiday, enjoy your Thanksgiving.  Be back soon!


1 comment:

  1. You really inspire me with how involved you are in your community and what a great example to your little girl for sure!!


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