“Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life,
give to those who are not.”
This is the hope of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. In a home where I am blessed to have 2 healthy boys, I feel so thankful and yet look for ways I can give to others. Hard to argue with a goal like this.
In first grade, my elementary school held a Math-A-Thon. That was the first time I learned about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I have to admit, as an overly anxious child, I didn’t know how to handle the thoughts of a hospital especially for children. I knew my litle math workbook could help them though, so my workbook became my best friend… even though I’ve never liked math. I did really well in the Math-a-thon and even won a little nylon duffle bag with the St. Jude Math-A-Thon logo.
Now I’m an adult, and the parent of my own children. I’m pretty sure having your own children makes you appreciate the inredible reputation and very existance of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Did you know patients of St. Jude never receive a bill? They don’t have to worry about their travel, their housing, or their medical care. They can focus on life: fighting illness, fighting to survive. Thanks to the support of donors and fundraising campaigns, St. Jude has had the resources to support their patients and help push the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80%.
How can you help? What can you do? Get registered for the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. here in Raleigh. This walk will take place on November 22. That’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving. You can go at it solo, or build a team. Collect donations and then complete the walk at Crabtree Valley Mall. This kicks off the Thanks and Giving campaign for St. Jude and I can only imagine this would be an amazing way to kick off your own holiday season of giving.
Stay tuned to Today’s NC for more information on the Thanks and Giving campaign. Unfortuanley I’m personally unable to walk this year, but would love to hear from someone who is. Please contact Today’s NC if you would like to share your story or experience.
For more information visit St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. – Raleigh online.