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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