Saving a service member’s so

Dear Friend,

I want to introduce you to a military family especially grateful on this Veterans Day for the support you give to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Because it was one year ago today that the parents of then 2-year-old Griffin received devastating news at a hospital in Germany, where his father was serving in the Air Force.

Griffin had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and needed to begin chemotherapy treatments within 48 hours.

As you can read in this moving reflection from Griffin’s mother, Jennifer, the family had little time to decide where Griffin would receive treatment — which takes nearly three years to complete.

Thanks to generous supporters like you, St. Jude had the resources to quickly accept Griffin for treatment. Though feeling confident “we were going to the best place in the world for Griffin,” Jennifer and her husband worried that they would miss the military community so vital to supporting service members.

They soon discovered St. Jude makes every effort to create a nurturing environment, so families can focus on helping their child live.

“Our fellow families are from all over the world, and we are all walking the same path,” Jennifer says. “We found a new community at St. Jude. An amazing one.”

You help make that possible, and that helps Griffin’s family stay optimistic and hopeful, despite the life-threatening challenges their now 3-year-old boy is facing.

“When I look back at last Veterans Day versus now, I think we must be the luckiest unlucky people in the world,” Jennifer says.

I cannot thank you enough for getting involved and giving to St. Jude — and being there for a service member and his family when they need it most.



Richard C. Shadyac Jr.
President & CEO
ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization
for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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