Inspirational thoughts for 1/6/2019
by Patricia Feager
Today marks the birthday of Danny Thomas, born 107 years ago on January 6, 1912. He was an entertainer, a nightclub comedian, and philanthropist. He died on February 6, 1991, after fulfilling his promise to St. Jude whom he prayed to when he was struggling to earn a living and had a family and another baby on the way. He made a promise and he kept it. A debt of gratitude is due for the lives that were saved all because one man had faith, made a promise and kept it.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been one of the most successful charitable organizations in the world. This is awe-inspiring:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital reports: "We’ve spent more than half a century finding cures and saving children, and our groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today."
To read more about his journey, you may enjoy reading the following links:
Time after time, we hear about inspirational stories about people facing adversities and something unthinkable happens as a result of faith. But what frightens me more than childhood cancer are people with life-threatening illnesses who has little hope for survival and patients, willing friends and loved ones are being asked for donations through sites on the Internet, FaceBook, and other dark places. I know of two vulnerable people who were given hope only to be scammed. One person was my own aunt. Her daughter-in-law, a nurse who works in Oncology begged her not to get involved in snake oils with these organizations. She did and she died after all of her money was exhausted.
If you're going to donate, choose wisely. You may be interested in learning more from the following:
Danny Thomas was an honorable man. He offered the world a shining example of true humility and integrity. Everyone struggles at some time in their lives. Priorities are shifted. Life goes on and bills are still due. Worlds are up-side-down. I can think of no greater gift to families and children than the work of volunteers by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where no family pays and the ratio of survival continues to get better over time. His work goes on by the millions of volunteers around the world and the success rate speaks for itself.