St. Jude Children’s Hospital Fundraiser

Posted on March 13, 2012

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Leukemia Survivor Leads Boardwalk Fundraiser 

By Judy Davis

JUDY DAVIS

UPDATE, APRIL 20 — THE 2012 BOARDWALK FUNDRAISER COLLECTED MORE THAN $4,500 FOR ST. JUDE HOSPITAL. APRIL 2013 WILL BE THE 10TH ANNUAL ST. JUDE FUNDRAISER ON THE BOARDS.

Twenty eight years ago, I was diagnosed with a sudden and serious illness, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Recently wed, with a one-year-old son, the diagnosis was a death sentence.  In the 1980s, 38% of people with Leukemia survived for five years or more in the US.  Early identification, knowledgeable physicians, and the correct protocol were all keys to my survival.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN is a lead researcher in the fight against childhood catastrophic illnesses, including Leukemia, Sickle Cell Disease, Pediatric AIDS, and Genetic Immune Disorders. Their research is shared with doctors and scientists all over the world to benefit cancer patients. My chemotherapy protocol may have been developed by St. Jude’s Hospital!

The good news today is that 94% of children treated for ALL survive for 5 years or more.  Through the efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, advanced cures and prevention are achieved through research and treatment. Founded 50 years ago by entertainer Danny Thomas, the hospital’s mission remains the same: “No child should die in the dawn of life.”

Danny Thomas and Marjorie Lord in the 1950s TV show, “Make Room For Daddy.” Public domain photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay, St. Jude Children’s  Research Hospital provides treatment for the child and support for the family.

My love for children has been the catalyst for the yearly “Let’s Walk the Boards for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.” Knowing what sickness looks like, I can’t imagine being the parent of a child with a serious disease.

Boardwalk Fundraiser

Celebrating our ninth year as an Ocean City Boardwalk fundraiser, this year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 14.  Participants register at 9 AM at the south end of the Boardwalk, in front of the tram station. The Boardwalk length is 2 ¼ miles each way, but walkers do not have to complete the entire distance. Students who walk earn 3 hours of service credits. Please contact Judy Davis, chairperson, at 410-213-1956 or email: judymarieh@comcast.net.   Donations will be accepted.

The Facebook event page for the St. Jude fundraiser on the Ocean City boardwalk is here.

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