On average, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital treats 67,000 children each year. I feel extremely lucky to have met some of them. Last February, we, the Delta Zeta Chapter, won the chance to tour the hospital in June of 2014, I visited for myself. What I saw in Memphis changed my definition of what a hospital could be and renewed my dedication to St. Jude. It costs $1.8 million a day to run St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and that is because parents never pay a single bill. I got to see first hand that this truly means the children at St. Jude are provided with such a bountiful life and their parents only have to worry about helping their child feel better. For families that live on the St. Jude campus, gift cards are provided for groceries and household items. For those who drive in, there is a sign by the valet station that reads "no tips please".
I was able to serve a BBQ and sweet tea dinner to some of the families that live in an amazing complex called Target House. Target House is the place where long-term patients stay; anyone who lives there has been in treatment 6 months to a couple of years. Those who I saw were some of the most beautiful children I have ever seen. The babies were so sweet and had big, beautiful bald heads from treatment. One little boy was playing with a beach ball, hitting it back and forth with an attendant and laughing wildly. I watched on as I heard his mother say he had just completed brain surgery the week before.
These are the types of children that we support every day when we support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The staff are unbelievably kind and it is a loving place to be. I feel confident that any help we can supply to St. Jude will go towards a positive mission.
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