Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude Children's Research Hopital in 1962.The hopital was founded upon the principle that no child should have to die in the dawn of life. With only seven dollars left to his name, Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, for guidance in his life. He claimed that if St. Jude would help show him his way in life that he would build him a shrine. This shrine has turned into St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
For over 45 years now, St. Jude Children's Research Hopital has been the leading research facility for childhood cancer. No child is turned away due to their inability to pay or their background. Upon recieving treatment at St. Jude, no family ever receives a bill for anything provided by the hospital. Operating costs are estimated at roughly 1.4 million dollars...DAILY...most of which comes from public contributions. Of these contributions, 85 cents of every dollar donated can be guaranteed to go to patient care and research. Upon finding new medical breakthroughs, St. Jude is willing to share their findings with affiliated hospitals nationwide. Protocols are sent to local hospitals so that patients can be treated at home. Mobile currently has over 50 patients being treated at St. Jude.
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Intern Colton and a special group of bikers present the Kruise for St. Jude check for over $25,000 at the hospital in Memphis.
95KSJ's 11th Annual Kruise for St. Jude was a success with hundreds of bikers riding from Eastern Shore Centre down to LuLu's all for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!
A great turnout at Hank Aaron Stadium to watch the BIG GAME and support the kids of St. Jude! Photos by Ruben Cadena
Intern Colton here, and I was privileged enough to accompany a great group of bikers to St. Jude in Memphis for the check presentation from this year's Kruise for St. Jude! The 11th annual event brought in over $25,000.
We made the trip up on Thursday (no....I didn't ride a motorcycle this year, but I have plans to do so next trip!), and devoured delicious ribs and such at the Rendezvous that night. On Friday, we took a tour of the hospital and the Target House. It was my first time visiting the hospital, and you can see my reaction in the video below:
I am so thankful for all the people along the Gulf Coast who support this amazing cause - whether they have been to the hospital or not; whether they have any personal connection or not; whether they have the resources to give or not. It is an incredible connection to know what the doctors, nurses and researchers are doing at the hospital in Memphis directly affects our kids here at home. I can see the lives being saved because of this hospital and the mission Danny Thomas had when he set to make his dream a reality - that "no child should die in the dawn of life."
One part of the hospital is the Blood Donation Center, where they say "if you can't give green, give red." So, we did. Each member of our group gave blood and platelets. I'll admit, I was slightly terrified at the thought of doing so, but to know those kids go through so much worse and need it so much more than I do, replaced all fear with happiness to donate.
The rest of our trip included some sightseeing and fun activites around the city. See a photo gallery of our trip HERE!
Until next year....