Last night's event was Humor to Fight the Tumor - a fundraiser for the American Brain Tumor Association. Shannon was a posthumous honoree, and the video they produced about each of the 4 honorees - two who were there celebrating and two who had lost their battles - was very touching. I'll share the link when it's made available on the HFT website.
|Humor to Fight the Tumor|
While last night's event was a success, the biggest event of the week for us took place on Wednesday. The annual St. Jude Fall Festival of Hope gala in Minneapolis where we were the featured St. Jude family and were a big part of the program. I spoke to a room of 600 people, and sent each and every one of them home with a copy of Determined to Matter. We were surrounded by family and friends who have been with us on our journey, and it was a very special night for all of us.
I truly feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to share our story with these people who support St. Jude. Often at these events, St. Jude focuses on the successes they have had. There is an 80% cure rate now for pediatric cancers as opposed to 20% when St. Jude opened 50 years ago. But, it is important for people to know that the work is not done. Kids are still dying, and more research is needed.
I do believe this is what I am supposed to be doing. Sharing our story, sharing Shannon. People in that room were inspired by Shannon and it showed when it was time to give. With a little help from my angel, we raised $311,000 for St. Jude in one night. Amazing.
|St. Jude Fall Festival of Hope|