photo provided by Brizo
Nearly 80 bloggers from the Blogger19 group. Photo courtesy of Brizo.
(First time this tall girl has ever been in the front row of a photo!)
We spent a day touring the St. Jude facilities, meeting patients, and hearing first-hand accounts from a St. Jude family. I know I can speak for everyone when I say that this was an amazing eye-opening experience, both heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time.
A few of the points that really struck me:
- It costs $ 1.8 million to operate St. Jude every day.
- Families of patients will not pay a dime.
- And if a family does have insurance, St. Jude will take over that paperwork and handle the costs so the family doesn't have to deal with that stress.
- St. Jude is a research hospital, and they willingly travel the world sharing their findings, in hopes that more patients and families will benefit worldwide.
- St. Jude keeps the patients involved in everything. Reception desks are kid-height, and doctors share treatment options and test results with the patients at the same time as the parents, so the kids don't feel excluded.
One of the more touching parts of the day was the "Design and Decorate with Brizo" portion, where we all had the chance to do various activities with the kids at St. Jude. (All photos below provided by Brizo.)
Designing a dollhouse room:
Posing with props for a photo shoot:
This really was an amazing experience, and I will proudly support St. Jude! Special thanks to Brizo for opening my eyes to this organization.