Those who follow my blog and YouTube channel should know that I have a contest going on right now. That contest is to post a blog entry or a video response with a story about charitable giving. The story can be about an organization, a certain situation, or anything really - as long as it is from the heart.
I was contacted by one of my YouTube followers who does not post videos and does not have a blog. While she was thankful I was having a contest, she could not participate. I didn't feel this was right considering this giveaway is to celebrate those who follow my channel or blog in some fashion.
I extended the offer to allow guest posting on my blog, and she accepted. Below is her entry to my March 2012 giveaway.
First I'd like to tell you why I support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I do it because no child is turned away because his/her family does not have health or inadequate health insurance. Which is a big problem in America today.
When my son was 13 years old we got the call from his doctor that no parent wants to get - I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but your son has cancer. We were devastated to say the least. As a parent you want to take this pain away from your child, but you can't. My husband was active duty military at the time and we had access to the best hospital the Air Force has.
After 2 surgeries, months of chemo and radiation I am thankful and happy to say my son has been in remission for 10 years. He went to college, has a degree and is now working.
Because my husband was in the military we did not have to worry about mounting medical bills. I can't imagine going through all that we went through and having to worry about how we were going to pay for the mounting costs. That is what St. Jude does for families who walk through those doors.
It is a scary thing to go through and St. Jude takes care of the whole family. Cancer has a way of touching the whole family, not just the patient. St. Jude helps to take some of the worries away like the Air Force did for us and that's why I give to such a wonderful charity as St. Jude's whose ministry through healing touches countless lives daily.
I'm not an eloquent writer Cris, but it's heartfelt and true.
Thank you spanky3610 for this story. It is hard to understand the full scope of the issue unless you have walked in those shoes. I am thankful your son was able to get through the treatments and grow into a healthy adult. I think it is a wonderful cause to support! Bless you and your family.