Where children are given a second chance.

This weekend I had one of the most amazing chances of a lifetime.
I was able to travel to Memphis, TN to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude is the national philanthropy of Delta Delta Delta.
Our sorority gives so much money,
But after seeing the amazing place this weekend,
I still want to give more.

St. Jude is a hospital that treats “catastrophic illnesses in children”
Sounds pretty amazing right?
Add this in… patients at St. Jude do not pay for ANYTHING.
Not a single treatment, not a single meal, not even lodging to stay nearby.

That’s where amazing donors like Tri Delta come in.
St. Jude could not do what they do without our help, and the help of MANY other organizations and businesses.
Shop at Target.
Eat at Chili’s.
Buy your diamonds at Kay Jeweler’s.
Each of those places help St. Jude SO MUCH.

The work they are doing is not done without thanking God.
It’s so clear to see God at work there.

When we were there our tour guide told us about a little girl who had been told for the THIRD time that she would die soon.
Our tour guide then told us that little girl was the same one we had just met in the lobby,
and that the announcement on her life was made OVER a month ago.
She continued to beat the odds.

Miracles fill the halls of St. Jude,
and being there was so indescribable.

It doesn’t look like a hospital.
At all.
It doesn’t smell like a hospital.
At all.
And the staff don’t act like it’s a hospital.
At all.

To say that I spent my college career raising money for this beautiful place will be one of the proudest things of my life.
My heart and soul have been touched by God’s work at St. Jude.

St. Jude creates survivors.
During our time there we heard so many stories of survival, and of beating the odds.
Overwhelming emotions.

Anytime someone asks you to donate to St. Jude, just throw at least your spare change down,
Just that little bit can be a step toward the next child’s survival.

I wish that I could convey better what this place was like and how remarkable it was.
But it touched me so deeply that I cannot even find the words to tell you.
Just know, God is present, and children are surviving.

There is good in the world, and it’s at St. Jude

 

Sarah and I at the Tri Delta Patient Care Floor.

Sarah and I at the Tri Delta Patient Care Floor.

Freaking out because one of my dear friends is the philanthropy chair for a top money raising chapter of Tri Delta!

Freaking out because one of my dear friends is the philanthropy chair for a top money raising chapter of Tri Delta!

 

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