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Thanks and Giving

photo credit: St. Jude’s thanks and giving website

Each year as I look at my two beautiful daughters grow and watch them blossom into fine young ladies, I reflect about just how lucky we are to have both of them happy and healthy.

My girls were both born prematurely at 34 weeks due to pre-eclampia/toxemia which I somehow managed to get twice.

Many of you know Rebeka is now a senior in college and ready to graduate and jump into the world. My other daughter Ainsley was not as fortunate; when she was six days old she suffered a bilateral grade 2 intracranial hemorrhage which left her with a seizure disorder and cerebral palsy. Her life is much different than Rebeka’s however; we have learned and grown through understanding Ainsley’s disability. I thank god everyday for Ainsley and all that we have learned from her. I suppose around the holidays we tend to get a bit sentimental and think about all of our blessings and try and help those less fortunate then ourselves.

It is because of this that we have chosen to step up to the plate so to speak and help St Jude Children’s Hospital. I know many of you have heard of St Jude’s but this is a short paragraph or two from the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital about their background…

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Children from all 50 states and around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude—research that is shared freely with the global medical community.

Working together, St. Jude physicians and scientists have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent in 1962 to 80 percent today. The survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent in 1962to 94 percent today.

That was the vision of Danny Thomas when he founded St. Jude, thanks to an answered prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. “Show me my way in life,” Danny prayed as he sought direction in his life, “and I will build you a shrine.”

Danny’s prayer was answered, and he soon became one of America’s most beloved entertainers. Even after he achieved fame and fortune, Danny always remembered his pledge to St. Jude.

Today, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital stands as the embodiment of that pledge and has served as a symbol of hope for children stricken with catastrophic diseases since opening in 1962.”

Here are a few quick facts:

* It is amazing that all patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay. This is what is so critical about this hospital; it services so many children from all across the country whose families cannot pay, or they do not have health insurance for one reason or another.

* St. Jude covers the cost of everything—food, travel and lodging for patients and a family member.

* In 2009, Parents magazine named St. Jude the No. 1 pediatric cancer care hospital in the country, based on the magazine’s survey of more than 75 children’s hospitals nationwide.

I am asking you to look at your own healthy children and give thanks that they are healthy by helping those who aren’t. Please take a moment to our team page and give $5.00 today instead of your daily latte, it will not only good for the hospital but it will be good for your heart!

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Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on

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  1. Wonderful, good for you!!! We named Jude after ST Jude, the patron saint of lost hope. Always great to be giving this time of year.

  2. St. Jude's does such wonderful things!

  3. St. Jude's is an amazing place to help out so many families in need.

    Stopping by from SITS! Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest. :)

  4. Wonderful post!

    Happy SITS Sunday Shoutout!

  5. St. Jude Children's Hospital is my favorite charity. They do help a lot of children. -Victoria from MBC

  6. Wow, this is why we need to be thankful for people like yourself. I enjoyed reading you Blog very much. Happy Holidays to you and your amazing family.
    Beth-Forever Friends

  7. Hi Shelley! Just wanted to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a safe and healthy New Year!

  8. I think St. Jude's is such a wonderful place. I am so thankful for the caring people in the world that make life better for children suffering and in need! Thank you for this wonderful post! Merry, Merry Christmas!

  9. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life with us!
    You are an inspiration.
    Marry Christmas from a SITSta!

  10. Thanks for sharing why each of us needs to be thankful for all that we have.

    Stopping by from SITS!