Monday, September 29, 2008

Eating out today? Choose Chili's please!

If you were planning to eat out today, please choose Chili's. Here is why it is a big deal:

September 29th is here. It is the day to eat at any Chili's Restaurant where 100% of the proceeds are directly donated to St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Click here to find a Chili's location near you.

Kevin is doing better each day because of the wonderful work they do at St. Jude. We would not be where we are today without them. Kevin received his radiation, inpatient chemo treatments & bone marrow transplants in the Chili's Care Center. The inpatients rooms have Wii's which encourage the kids to get up and move around even when they don't feel like it. Each patient's room has an attached parent room, and since no one is allowed to use the patients bathroom - except the patient -, having their own bathroom is important cuz when you have a very sick child you really can't leave their side. When we were in Detroit we had to share one small dingy bathroom with all the parents on the 5th floor, and there were times we had to go to another floor just to use the restroom! St Jude understands (and requires) that parents stay with the patient at all times. They work hard to make accommodations.

I have to mention that our insurance originally refused to pay for Kevin's treatment. St. Jude never stopped Kevin's treatment because of our insurance refusal to pay, and if a family doesn't have insurance, they don't have to worry, St. Jude takes care of it for them. How wonderful is that?!? St. Jude held my hand through the appeal process with our insurance who eventually agreed to pay most of it.

They have an amazingly organized and efficient system, with dedicated schedulers who handle coordination of each patient schedule. Each afternoon when we are outpatient we are given a print out of Kevin's schedule for the next day. Almost everything is taken care of on campus. No driving from one end of town to the other. We get to concentrate on getting Kevin better, not chasing down doctors, making appointments and trying to be a scheduler myself. It is amazing, especially after our experience back home.
So please eat, drink, and be at Chili's tomorrow anytime. Dine in or carry all goes to St Jude.

Thank you to the 50 million dollar commitment Chili's has made to St Jude's. Thank you to all the Chili's patron's who help make life a little better for the families battling childhood cancer.

Also, if you have one, bring any old cell phones too. St Jude will get $1.50 for each one regardless of its condition.


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