In less than 3 weeks, one lucky person will be the winner of the Southwest Missouri St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.
Patients and staff at the hospital tell us why reserving your ticket and supporting the cause means so much to them
Josh Mason, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cell Therapy says, “I think the big thing to know about St. Jude is that it truly is what it says it is.”
Amy Kennedy, Lead Child Life Specialist, Radiation Oncology, adds, “Because of these donations, I’m able to do my job. I’m able to support a child.
“Every penny that comes our way is spent appropriately,” says, Enrique, Arianna’s Dad/ALSAC Employee.
Carrie, who is Ethan’s Mom, says, “I can’t think of a better cause, after being here, and experiencing it myself.”
For those that work and stay at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, reserving a $100 ticket for the Southwest Missouri St. Jude Dream Home is more than just a giveaway.
Amy explains, “I’m able to help them overcome something that they were terrified of.”
Josh adds, “The mission that fully embodies everything about the hospital is ‘Finding Cures and Saving Children.’ And, something like a Dream Home allows, one, that mission to be fulfilled, as far as the science and clinition perspective. You can continue to do the cutting edge research of these catastrophic and dibilitating deseases for children.”
For patients and their families, donations help cover costs you’d never even think of while in cancer treatment.
Enrique says, “Not only does it pay for the best treatment in the world that they could possible get, but while they’re here, their food’s taken care of, their housing’s taken care of, their transportation to bring them back and forth from home is taken care of.
Doug is Ethan’s Dad. He says, “It was even after midnight, I had to go get something for Ethan. They sent a taxi. St Jude pays for that. I mean, it’s amazing what all they do for you at this place.”
Ethan’s Mom Carrie says, “Because they feel the biggest worry should be your child’s health, so they want to take the rest of the burden away from you.”
Money raised from tickets that are reserved to win the dream home go straight to help keep the hospital running for such an important cause.
Enrique says, “In this case, the Dream Home program, there’s an opportunity to win a house, with a lot of St. Jude touches around the house, which is just amazing. It’s an amazing program, I think.”
Josh explains, “It also ensures that the families that are here are never going to receive any bill from St. Jude.”
Amy adds, “Also the treatment, and the facilities, and all the things that go into supporting these patients.”
Carrie says, It’s just a blessing, to have one less thing to worry about.”