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St. Jude Day of Play with Carnival

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2014 disclosureThere are times I look at my children and wonder if they were put on this planet to just frustrate me. Then there are moments when I just want to hold them close and thank the universe for giving me so much in my life. These are the times I’m grateful for a happy and healthy family. A few weeks ago I had the honor of being invited to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and was awoken again to realize that our lives are precious while having to witness the struggles of the families seeking treatment everyday.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats, educates and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Founded in 1962, Danny Thomas changed many lives with his vision to provide care and treatment for children without burden to their families. Today thanks to treatments invented through St Jude research the survival rate for childhood cancer has risen to over 80% from its original rate of 20% fifty years ago.

St Jude focuses its research  efforts on childhood cancer some acquired and inherited immunodeficiencies, sickle cell disease, infectious diseases and genetic disorders. Currently they are also investigating work in gene therapy, bone marrow transplantation, chemotherapy, the biochemistry of normal and cancerous cells, radiation treatment, blood diseases, resistance to therapy, viruses, hereditary diseases, influenza, pediatric AIDS and psychological effects of catastrophic illnesses

As you can tell this isn’t just a regular pediatric hospital. The most severely ill children are brought here to take part in breakthrough technologies, clinical trials and treatment.

I, along with several other bloggers and the media and entertainment group of Carnival Cruise Lines, were invited to take a tour and learn more about how the hospital benefits it’s patients and families.

  • St. Jude is where doctors send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers.
  • St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
  • St. Jude is a world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer. We create more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital.
  • On average, St. Jude has more than 67,000 patient visits each year.
  • St. Jude has helped increase the survival rates for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) from 4% before opening in 1962 to 94% today.

The most important fact I want to press upon you is this. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

I was also invited to be a part of the Day of Play that was put together by Carnival Cruise Lines. This was an underwater adventure themed party with a DJ, food, dancing, games and crafts as a way to give the kids some fun to look forward to. The doors opened to the patients and their families and for the next couple hours there was no talk of treatment, medication or diagnosis.St. Jude Day of Play with Carnival Cruise #sjblogtourSt. Jude Day of Play with Carnival Cruise

I was honored to be a part of this chunk of time of their day.  If I helped one child smile then it was all worth it.

Through a variety of innovative fundraising activities such as on board Groove for St. Jude, Beary Cuddly Program and simple bingo games, Carnival Cruise Lines has raised more than $5 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for the hospital’s many lifesaving pediatric cancer research and treatment programs.

St. Jude keeps moving forward due to the generosity of individuals, businesses, the community and a band of loyal volunteers.

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  1. St. Jude does so much good for children. I love that they’re around for the families that need them most. And what a great event for the kids!

  2. St Jude’s does so much for the children and families. I love that they share what works with other hospitals and doctors–that is how it should be.

  3. St. Jude’s is one of my favorite organizations. It looks like a wonderful event for the kids AND adults.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I don’t have any personal experience, but I have heard so many stories over the years about all the good St. Jude’s had done!

  5. What a wonderful thing for St. Jude to do. I think they have such a wonderful program and support it 100%.

  6. St Jude’s is such a wonderful organization to help. This is such a great event for them!

  7. I love St. Jude’s! They have been helping my nephew for 10 years. They have done 2 sugeries on him and have helped tremendously.

  8. Seems like such a great reason/cause for a carnival. Looks like a lot of fun. St. Jude does so much good!

  9. I love the work that St Jude’s provides to children and their families. The carnival looks like a wonderful event enjoyed by many.

  10. I’ve heard that St Judes is just absolutely incredible. I haven’t any first hand knowledge but from what I hear and read.. Fantastic!

  11. Amanda Love says

    St. Jude is one of my charities and I’m happy that you got to spend the day with them. I would love to do the same thing one day.

  12. St. Jude is such a wonderful hospital. They do amazing work.

  13. I love that St. Jude does this. I buy tickets sometimes to the St. Jude house they give away. Worth cause in my opinion.

  14. St. Jude is one of our favorite charities. We also support other causes, but this is by far my favorite. It is a truly special place. God bless you for raising awareness for St. Jude.

  15. Pauline Cabrera says

    St. Jude gives hope like the patron saint where it was named after.

  16. What a great cause and i love that they did this to help raise money. St. Jude is an awesome place that really helps many.

  17. What touching photos and for such a good cause. St. Jude is awesome!!!

  18. What a great cause and it looks like you all had a fun time! I love when companies give back!

  19. St. Jude is amazing and they help so many children, we are lucky to have them! Great photos!

  20. What a great event for an awesome cause. Wonderful that they don’t charge

  21. I love St. Jude and supporting them is def. something we do here too. I’d love to visit, I am sure the trip leaves you with a plethora of emotions and a lot of gratitude.

  22. Great event, great cause. Would be great to visit one day.

  23. I can only imagine how touching the experience was for you. St. Jude’s does remarkable things!

  24. St. Jude keeps coming up with great ways to get people involved. What a fun day!

  25. chrissy va says

    We have always supported St. Jude. They do wonderful things for children and this looks like a great day!

  26. What an awesome event for you and St. Jude! Events like these are worth more than their weight in gold for those kids, hospital workers and families!

  27. I love St Jude and everything they do. I actually just made a donation yesterday. The lady I donated through seemed shocked. I guess she hadn’t been taking many donations lately.

  28. St Jude is a wonderful organization and medical center. It’s unfortunate that a program like this needs to exist, but at least they give a lot of people hope in an otherwise gloomy situation.

  29. St. Jude does so many great things for kids! What a wonderful organization!

  30. This looks like one awesome event! Those are some amazing and strong children. God bless them!

  31. St. Jude is an amazing Hospital. So many babies are treated and saved even if they cant afford it. Love them and what they are about.

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