There is hope in the hallways here.
It is in the parents who push wheel chairs, who hold hands and who sit at bed sides.
It is in the siblings who are along for the ride, who comfort their parents, their big brothers and younger sisters.
It is my favorite thing to watch.
**The hashtag also triggers a donation to St. Jude.**
I’ve been gifted the opportunity to celebrate with Carnival and the kids of St. Jude’s at a previous Day of Play and this was just as magical as before.
At the Day of Play, these kids get to be who they are at heart – just kids.
St. Jude’s is the hospital equivalent of DisneyWorld. They think of everything. They make sure the hope is in absolutely everything: it is in the special phones that can call from the front desk to translate any language for a patient or family who doesn’t speak English.
Why? BECAUSE NO FAMILY EVER RECEIVES A BILL FOR THE TREATMENT OF THEIR CHILD. Not for medical care. Not for housing. Not for food. Not for transportation. Nothing. Nada. So, it’s expensive, right?
But 75% of that? Comes from donations. And the average donation is $35. If ever you have wondered, “does my small donation even make a difference?” I’m here to answer with a resounding, YES!. $1.8 million of the money spent to keep St. Jude’s running each and every single day comes from donations. That is incredible. Keep it up.
Let me give you a few options:
You can donate. Just like that. $10 a year. Or a month. Or be average and make it $35.
Enter to win a dream house . No, I’m not kidding. It’s a win-win. Buy a ticket in one of 40 states – but do it now – winners are drawn on September 6th.
Get involved in a Fitness Fundraiser.
Thank you for being a part of it.
Disclosure: As a long time Carnival partner and a long time supporter of St Jude’s, I was honored to be a guest at this year’s annual Day of Play. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.