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Happy Inspiration Friday!

November 5, 2010

TGIF Everybody! It’s not October anymore, but I want to share with your HOW AMAZING St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is. Normally on Inspiration Fridays, I feature a patient who inspires me to do my best during my long runs. Well, today, I’m featuring St. Jude’s [during Halloween] as the Inspiration because it’s too incredible not to share (link to pictures below) …

The halls of St. Jude were transformed into a trick-or-treat haven for patients and siblings during the hospital’s annual Halloween event. Employees decorated booths and clinical areas throughout the hospital as costumed children visited the trick-or-treat stops, which featured such themes as Peter Pan, Candyland, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Mardi Gras, Sesame Street, Toy Story, 101 Dalmatians and Despicable Me.

The Halloween celebration is organized by the Child Life Program as a means to provide children undergoing treatment a bit of normalcy in otherwise difficult circumstances. Hospitalization and treatment are arduous for children and their families, and being away from home means missing out on special events.

“The Halloween festivities allow patients to enjoy the holiday as they would at home,” said Cara Sisk, a child life specialist at St. Jude.

The Halloween event has grown exponentially each year with everyone from nurses to bench scientists to office personnel setting up trick-or-treat stands for the kids. It’s a task taken seriously as employees select themes to decorate their booths and begin planning months in advance, working after hours and throughout lunch to design their trick-or-treat stops. Click here to see pictures (and if you’re like me, make sure you have a tissue because happy tears will surely ensue!): Click here – it’s INCREDIBLE!

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Now who has a dry eye? You win! There are some GREAT pictures within that link – and some great costumes. I actually considered running in costume during the marathon BECAUSE part of the course runs through the St. Jude campus and I thought it would be a treat for the kids (what do you think – me and the hubs as M&Ms?).

Anyway, I have 14 Miles to conquer this weekend. I’ll do it – no doubt. I’ve battled several weeks now of fear and hesitation and I’m only 4 weeks away from sweet success. Speaking of sweet success, if you’re a believer, please pray for the patients and families that I write about and/or follow. With the holidays approaching, gosh knows everyone will be counting their blessings and my wish is that everyone who is at St. Jude now is still there for the New Year. In addition, if you exchange presents for the holidays, please consider making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital instead and/or purchasing gifts for your family through St. Jude’s Hope Gift Book. Last year, for the first time, I told people, “I don’t want presents.” And I requested that people make a donation instead and print a piece of paper or something that said that they made a donation if it was important to them that I have a gift to unwrap. Well … it was the best holiday ever. There is nothing I couldn’t buy for myself, but there is something you can give and that is the gift of hope.

Thanksgiving and other Holidays are upon us, everyone. Now’s the time to start thinking about the BEST way you can spend your holiday shopping fund.  On a final note, good luck to Ashley who is running her FIRST Half Marathon this weekend in Atlanta! (I pray for no rain and I hope that it’s not even Cloudy with a chance of meatballs!).

See you over the weekend, y’all,

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