May 31 2016

Charity of the Month: St. Jude’s

The charity we will donating 10% of our June proceeds to is St. Jude’s! We are so grateful for this organization and are excited about making them our charity of the month. We’d like to share a note from Joe Piercy’s Mother, Meg’s mother-in-law, that explains MegMade’s personal connection to this charity.

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In December 1980, Joe’s brother, JP, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). He was 3 years old. Our local pediatrician referred JP to St. Jude’s in Memphis for his treatment.

A bedraggled, devastated and exhausted threesome arrived at the hospital after hours. The night administrator welcomed us, took us to the kitchen and got us something to eat. One of the 1st things he told us was, “You will never receive a bill for any of your treatment.” We had emptied our meager savings into checking before we left home in a feeble attempt to cover our expenses.

1980 Piercy Family

(Jim, the older brother, with his family in the 80s)

He went on to tell us that on top of covering the cost of cancer treatment, St. Jude would pay for a hotel room for us and cover the cost of our food and provide a shuttle service to and from the hotel. We were stunned and so very thankful.

This kind man then reserved a room at the nearby Sheraton Hotel. JP’s treatment began the next day. He was enrolled in Protocol 10–St. Jude’s 10th attempt to find the right mixture of chemicals and radiation to cure childhood leukemia.

Jim, JP and I commuted to Memphis for the next 2 1/2 years. JP’s wasn’t a textbook case–there were some surprises along the way. But, thankfully he lived and was spared many of the long term effects that come about from blasting a small body with massive chemicals and cranial radiation.

We are so thankful for Danny Thomas who had the vision to establish a 1st class research hospital that has led to the cure of many catastrophic diseases. Imagine what a big picture thinker he was: a vision that takes the financial burden from a family so that they can focus on supporting their child. And children are living!

Jim and I have donated to St. Jude’s since 1980. It’s thrilling to us that our children are interested to do the same.

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(Jim and his family, 2015)

St. Jude’s Hospital has been a blessing to so many families, donations account for 75% of their operations. We are happy to give back to them and encourage others to do the same so that families can always afford to give their children the care they need.

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  • Veronica Toussaint
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    Hi Meg,
    I worked for Shaker Advertising in Oak Park for several years. The patriarch of the company, Joseph R. Shaker, was a friend of St. Jude’s Founder, Danny Thomas. I copied the following excerpt from Joseph R. Shaker’s obituary that appeared in the Wednesday (Oak Park) Journal:

    “Mr. Shaker also became involved in philanthropy. When comedian Danny Thomas (another Lebanese American) met with a group of 12 in Cicero in the 1950s to establish the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Joe Shaker became the fundraising chairman. He donated millions to St. Jude over the years, and stayed involved long enough to become the first emeritus board member, according to his son. Today, more than half of the current board consists of the children of original board members, including Joseph G. and his brother, Anthony.”

    St. Jude Children’s Hospital is also the national philanthropy of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

    On June 10 & 11 the Briggs family is having a garage sale to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I will attach a flyer to an email.

    June 4, 2016 at 5:11 am

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