My son’s school is participating in St. Jude’s Math-a-thon and he was the only student in his 4th grade class to sign up. Math is not his strong subject and he’s struggled even more with it since he suffered a head injury last year but he decided this was important to him. It’s the only fundraiser he has participated in this year, and really the only one he’s ever done. St. Jude is an organization that touches us personally. A good friend of mine has a son who would be the same age as mine right now, but her son passed to childhood cancer. In his last years, he spent a lot of time in the hospital and St. Jude was so supportive of him and his family.
My son also lost his grandfather to cancer at the young age of 49, so this is something he understands personally. I always encourage my children to get involved with their communities and I do all that I can to support them in this. I’m incredibly proud of my son for raising over $600 on his own for St. Jude. His school is still a bit shy of their goal, however. Now he’s trying to raise the remaining $100 that his school needs for their goal, and to exceed that would be awesome! If you can help his school help St. Jude by donating or sharing, you’re truly making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer and their families. We thank you in advance for your support!
How your donation helps:
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.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
They accept credit cards and Paypal so it’s very easy to donate.
(direct link: http://mathathon.stjude.org/olin2017 for sharing)
Here are some ways your donations help.
Every Dollar Counts
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.