We often say we are helping pediatric cancer patients and their families, but that description doesn’t fully explain who they are. The pediatric cancer patients and their families we serve are real people, real families fighting every day against an insidious disease. Children literally fighting for their lives, some losing this earthly battle. Families that give up their jobs, their homes and life as they know it to try to save the lives of their children. The patients living at Target House are the most critically in need of cancer treatment and up to 20% of the residents are under hospice care. On average one child per day passes away at St. Jude.
Your generosity allows us to help these families by taking away some of the worry about where a meal might come from or how they can afford a Christmas gift for their child. We have been that family and there is nothing more heart breaking than being in that situation on top of worrying about the daily aspects of your child's care. So any burden we can lift from these families shoulders will help make their lives a little easier.
As we move forward we strive to continue to grow so that we may help even more pediatric cancer patients and their families. We have some exciting new events we will introduce this coming year and I hope you will continue to support our mission.
Our foundation is gearing up for another wish granting shopping spree, and we wouldn't be able to do it without the support of all of you. Every year we make it our goal to get exactly what Target House has told us they need. There is nothing more magical than knowing these families are going to be able to watch their kids open the gifts on Christmas day and just enjoy the memories they are making. For these families they know that it could very well be the last Christmas they spend as a family.