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'Far from Undefeated'

My old college newspaper editor, Trey Heath:

Every day on the way to work, I get to pass by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The hospital provides some of the best care in the world to kids suffering potentially terminal diagnoses.

St. Jude does all of this, including supporting the child’s family while he or she is seeking care, for no out-of-pocket expenses. Nothing.

Although this is well documented, one thing that is not typically discussed is that St. Jude is far from undefeated.

Every year, parents will come to St. Jude with hope they can do the impossible and despite the best care in the world, they will fail leaving behind one of the greatest tragedies one can experience in this world.

I often think about St. Jude’s track record. While the hospital has eradicated some types of childhood cancer, the world is far from a cure for most types of cancer, including my son’s. We’ve seen lots of his “little friends” lose the battle over the years.

Maybe one day, no one will have to experience that. Danny Thomas founded the hospital with this simple phrase:

No child should die in the dawn of life.

We can help make a change.