About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a few other Memphis Bloggers + Influencers to learn more about all of the amazing work that the hospital is doing and their upcoming #901Day Campaign (and how you can be apart of it!).
Since 1962, St. Jude’s mission has been to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment while ensuring that no child is denied services. Thanks to fundraising efforts, families never receive a bill, and with September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, what better way to launch a fun campaign that not only helps with fundraising, but also celebrates this great city: 901 Day!
During our visit we were lead on a tour by Joel and Libby, former patients (and now married!) that now work at St. Jude. We were able to learn more about the full scope of their research and program, while seeing the ways that they’ve designed the campus so that it’s not such a scary place for kids.
Not only does St. Jude make sure that their patients are able to get the care that they need, they also help families with housing and other needs so that their lives can maintain as much normalcy as possible, including grocery shopping, traveling, schooling, and other activities based on their age.
The artwork dedicated to founder Danny Thomas when he passed.
They have art classes, proms and even graduation events for the kids, and it was inspiring to see all of the goodness that they do. We were able to tour the halls were some of their work is displayed and man, these kids are talented!
Fundraising efforts are done year round, but September is especially important. 901 Day is a day where we celebrate all things Memphis (901 is our Area Code), and to support St. Jude’s Campaign, we’re asking everyone to donate $9.01 throughout the month of September. If you would like to donate, click here.
They will also be hosting the St. Jude Walk/Run on September 28th, which will actually take place on St. Jude’s Campus! Registration is only $10 to walk or $20 to run for ages 6+ (5 and under are free), but if you’re not in Memphis, there are runs taking place all over the country throughout the month. Click here to learn more!
Thank you so much to the ALSAC Team at St. Jude for allowing us the tour the grounds and to be a part of this great campaign. To learn more about St. Jude and the amazing work that they do, click here.