Friday, July 13, 2012

In 1957 entertainer Danny Thomas founded a fund-raising organization called American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) for the purpose of raising money to build a hospital that would treat children with catastrophic diseases. In 1962 his dream was realized with the opening of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. ALSAC is exclusively responsible for raising 2.2 of the 2.4 million dollars that it takes to operate St. Jude for one day, according to an annual report from 2005. The rest is collected from insurance. While a patient at St. Jude, the child receives all his care and supplies free of charge, plus a living facility and daily expenses are provided for him and three family members. Eli continues to do well. His ANC was over 1200 so I am bursting with eagerness to see him. He has an important day today (Friday). They will do an MRI and lumbar puncture to check the state of the disease. The kids and I plan to pack up and head over there during Caleb’s nap time (so that he sleeps most of the way). While we were in a lull, I thought I"d share some things about St. Jude. Though St. Jude has a religious name, it is not affiliated with any religious organizations. Thomas founded St. Jude in Memphis at the behest of an influential personal friend who was from Tennessee.The picture was taken a while back of Eli sleeping at Target house.

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