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Who will be our Danny Thomas?

My mom posted something on the Oprah! Please Do a Show on Childhood Cancer Facebook page, and I want to share it with you. She feels like I do– we need to help the children who are still suffering and the children who will one day hear, “You have cancer.” Most of all, we need to make it possible for those brilliant researchers to have everything they need at their disposal so they can proceed rapidly toward discovering a cure. If you are a cancer researcher, this great big hug is for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Melinda’s mom:

Where is our Danny Thomas?

As the month of September rolls to a finish, my heart aches more with each day that passes. Although 27,666 people have “Liked” this page and joined together to raise our voices, our desperate pleas to the media for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month coverage have gone virtually unanswered. (Thank you WDAF Fox4kc.com!) Our media feeds us a daily barrage of celebrities behaving badly, but just one—one– television station in our nation responded to us with compassion and care???? This is why we need our Danny Thomas! Danny’s huge heart for children and his ability to inspire others with his integrity and compassion led many to follow his footsteps in support.

Oprah, what we are asking is, “Will you be our Danny Thomas?”

To other influential celebrities who may be listening, “Will you be our Danny Thomas?”

We need as many Danny Thomas’ as we can get! My arms are reaching to heaven right now with a great big hug for Danny! Please, someone, someone come forward to help. Our children need you.

… written as only a mother could write.

And I ask, “Who will be our Danny Thomas?”

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Coast Hills, John, Danny and St. Jude’s

The Coast Hills Foundation fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network and Cottage Hospital was a lot of fun and the best part of it all is that they raised quite a sum of money! Gosh, they did an incredible job organizing this event! It made me happy to see so many people having fun and at the same time showing their commitment to help. I posted on my Facebook page:

 The three components of a successful fundraiser: alcoholic beverages, a speech that makes you cry, and expensive live auction items hahahhahahaha =D

Thank you Coast Hills Foundation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know how sometimes the timing of things in life make you shake your head in wonder? Well, one of those happened to me yesterday. I read the Saturday morning paper and it said that John Schneider would be playing at the St. Jude’s “Win A Home” drawing house at Trilogy in Nipomo for the benefit of first responders.

Let me connect the dots. John Schneider, along with the Osmonds, helped to create the Children’s Miracle Network. He was playing at the St. Jude’s Drawing Home at Trilogy in Nipomo yesterday, and a mere stone’s throw away, I was speaking at another event to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

I couldn’t let the opportunity to thank Mr. Schneider pass by, so Mom and I stopped at the St. Jude’s house on our way yesterday. It was great to have a few minutes to enjoy his soothing voice before we headed to our event. I didn’t think I would have a chance to say thanks in person, so I had prepared a card and slipped it into a copy of Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, and left it with someone in charge to give to him when he was finished singing. I hope he knows how grateful I am that he cared enough many years ago to put time and effort into raising money for children’s hospitals.

There is someone else who is very well known for his tireless efforts on behalf of sick children. St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is one of the world’s premier children’s research hospitals, and Danny Thomas will always be one of my most respected heroes for the way he so tenderly created this place for children with catastrophic diseases. When St. Jude’s opened in 1962, cancer was a death sentence. Cure rates have increased tremendously because of their ground-breaking research. Giving to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is one more way of honoring National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I honor each one of you who is choosing to choose one of these opportunities to give! I am deeply grateful.

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