A Dreamy Home Is An Answered Prayer - 04/07/14

   No, this entry isn't about my dream home.  I'm content as can be right where I am.  This blog is about the dream of one day being able to report a cure for childhood cancer.  Wouldn't that be amazing?
   St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis has already done so much to save lives by pushing the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from just 20% when the hospital opened in 1962 up to 80% today. 
   I've had the amazing and humbling experience the last five years to meet many of these survivors while overseeing Fox 17's St. Jude Dream Home Campaign. I'm always amazed at their tenacity, their hope, their strength in the fight for life.  
    I'll be headed back to St. Jude soon for our annual trip to profile more miracle stories  and to introduce you to children who otherwise, would not have had a chance.    I always come back from this experience encouraged and thankful that we have a research hospital like St. Jude right here in Tennessee.... a hospital that shares its life saving treatment protocols with any and every hospital all in an effort to save even more lives.  St. Jude never turns away a family because of their inability to pay.  Cancer is expensive as you know.
    St. Jude truly wants to be out of business.  I hold on to the hope that one day they will be.  That can only happen if we keep helping the non profit hospital continue the research that will stop cancer before it starts in little children. 
    One way is to support a dreamy home that's an answered prayer.  You see, your money for Dream Home tickets is used to look for more cures, causes and treatments for childhood cancer.  It's only through your donations that St. Jude has been able to make the life saving strides its made and we need more of them.   If you really want to help little kids with cancer, get your St. Jude Dream Home ticket. It's $100 which is a direct donation to St. Jude.  The house is donated by a generous home builder and dozens of great vendors in the Midstate.   You can get your Dream Home ticket at any Regions Bank, American Signature Furniture, at www.fox17.com under the community tab or by calling 1-800-746-6713.   Here's one other perk.  If you get your ticket before April 11th, your name is also entered into the Early Bird drawing for a 2014 CMA Awards Package.
  

 

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- With much of the nation digging out from snowstorms -- you might figure Anchorage, Alaska, must be buried. But folks in Alaska's biggest city are asking where's the snow? As a large swath of the Lower 48 shivers, Anchorage is unseasonably warm. The little snow that has fallen has already melted. Not so in western New York, where Buffalo is being buried. There's so much snow on the ground, the NFL has decided to move the Bills' home game against the Jets. The game had been scheduled for Sunday in the Buffalo area, but will be played Monday night in Detroit. The Lions are at New England Sunday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A lucky $1 million Powerball winner could soon turn very unlucky. Virginia Lottery officials say the clock is ticking on a winning ticket sold for the June 21 drawing. The ticket hasn't been turned in yet. It will expire at the close of business on Dec. 18 if the jackpot isn't claimed. Virginia Lottery officials note winning tickets are only good for 180 days after the drawing.

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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- Ruby Holt has seen a lot in her more than 100 years. But one thing she never saw was the ocean -- at least not until this month. Holt got a chance to go to the beach, visiting the Gulf coast in Alabama. The trip was made possible by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, where Holt lives in Columbia, Tennessee, and the Wish of a Lifetime organization. Holt says she had always heard about how wonderful the ocean is and wanted to see for herself. She got a chance to walk across the white sand with a little help and dip her feet into the cool Gulf waters. Holt turns 101 Dec. 13.

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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- It's nuts! A giant nutcracker will be the centerpiece of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg, Ore. Toby Johnson created the monster cracker using a chain saw. It will stand more than 40 feet tall and the nut-crushing power comes from a motor. Cranes are being used to assemble the nutcracker at the site of the festival, which opens Sunday. Sponsors tell The News-Review they're sending documentation to the Guinness people to earn a world's record for the biggest nutcracker.

 
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