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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Last week I went to the post office for mail, as I have been doing for the last twenty years. I stood near the refuse container and threw out the large pile of junk mail that cluttered up the mailbox. But there was one piece of mail I made sure not to throw out, it was the calendar sent by St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital. It comes once a year, usually around October or so. It is a calendar with pictures of children, their writings, stories and drawings.

For my father, this calender has special meaning. Every year I hand him the envelope, and then I watch him open it, and then sit in his truck for a very long time by himself and read every page of the calendar. Sometimes he would laugh, and a lot of times he would cry, but always he enjoyed reading what these children wrote, and how the childrenís hospital was helping them to get better.

When I was younger I didnít understand why he took such interest in the children from St. Jude. I always knew he was a cancer survivor himself, and I just thought he felt a connection with the kids because of that. But now that I am older, I understand itís a lot more than that. Children are so precious that when they are sick they need all the help we can give.

I understand also now what a great organization St. Jude really is, and how much they help sick children and their families to become healthy again regardless if they have insurance or money to cover the costs of treatment. Thatís one of the truly good things about the St. Jude Hospital, they donít care if you are rich or poor, they will help your child get better.

A lot of this helping is made possible by large corporations and everyday people like you and me who make donations to help. According to the St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital: ďSt. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center that fully pays for lodging, food, and travel for patients and their families. St. Judeís fund raising has consistently delivered an average of 86 cents of every dollar received directly to research, patient care, education, and training. St. Jude has the only NCI (National Cancer Institutes) funded cancer center devoted solely to pediatric cancer.Ē

Donating to this wonderful organization, and knowing that you are helping children who are sick, it is a blessing that will help you to feel wonderful. To learn more about the St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital and how you can help children that are sick please visit St.Jude.org for more information.

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