|Eli watching the activity in the backyard as|
the foundation for the playset is going in.
Families aren’t at St. Jude just because it is free, but because it is a leader in pediatric cancer treatment. The hospital is also unique in that it treats the “whole child” by addressing more than the disease. An accredited school is available for Kindergarten through 12th grade children; a dentist and optometrist is on campus; furnished housing for the patient and family is provided so that the family unit is maintained and a gift card provides groceries each week. Transportation is provided from housing to the hospital for appointments, plus St. Jude even pays gas or plane ticket to Memphis and back home when treatment is over. That is not an exhaustive or detailed list, but it is a remarkable place of which we have had the humbling honor of experiencing. I wish I could have gained that knowledge through a brief tour of the campus, but our lot was and is to live it. So, speaking as a recipient of this great work, it is one to which we owe our son’s life, therefore, I consider it one of the worthiest of causes.
|Eli's sister in the middle and Melissa's girls working on cards.|
|Eli holding his sign made by a visiting team St. Bernard.|
|We were able to visit the local Children's|
Science Museum. This is in the tornado exhibit.
|Eli's first lost tooth!|
How much more normal can you get than that?!