Miracles in Memphis

Recently DTLR’s Community Outreach Team along with two DTLR store managers visited the campus of St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, as a a wrap up to our month long “Give.Thanks.Give.Hope Campaign”. While there, they sat in seminars with hospital executives, supporters, sponsors and were given exclusive tours of the 66- acre campus.

Just to give a little background about St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, once a child has been diagnosed and referred by their physician it takes less than 48 hours to be accepted into the facility. Since the hospitals establishment they have gone from a 15% cure rate to an 83% cure rate. Though the hospital only has 77 in-patient beds, there are multiple housing facilities on campus that are sponsored by major corporations, where patients and their families are placed based on how long they will need to be there to receive treatment. Midterm housing is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House where as 3 month to 3 year housing is sponsored by Target housing. The Target housing sits on 33 acres and families receive a Target card and a cafe card. The campus cafe is sponsored by Kay Jewelers and has 16 different eating stations.

It is not only the housing that is taken care of, but the patients academic needs are also covered. St. Jude provides a fully accredited school that covers grades K-12 and patients even get to participate in special school events such as graduations and proms! Giving all children their full childhood experience. If a patient is too ill to attend class then the teacher will come to them either in therapy or in their room. By providing patients with the chance to continue their education and not be hindered by treatment, there is a 98% success rate if a child goes back to their hometown schooling.

There are many amenities this campus of cures provides to its patients, from rehab facilities to on site recreational facilities. The biggest gift is that regardless of treatment type or duration, no family EVER receives a bill….thus there is no financial strain on families!!

DTLR spent the entire month of March raising money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and over $67,000 was raised! It is efforts such as DTLR’s campaign that assist in making sure medical bills are covered. It is our hope that our continued efforts along with the support of our customers will help raise more funding so that childhood cancer patients can continue to receive treatment from the facility that is truly a Miracle in Memphis.

April 18, 2019

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