LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — For the past few months, we’ve shared the progress of this year’s St. Jude Dream Home being built here in Lexington. You can tour the house for the first time this weekend when the house opens to the public.
Tickets for a chance to win the dream home are priced at $100 and for every ticket sold that means more life-saving care for some of the country’s sickest children.
Actor and entertainer Danny Thomas lived his life in the spotlight, but it’s his philanthropy and work behind the scenes that he’s best known for. Thomas believed that no child should die at the dawn of life – that’s why he founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 60 years ago.
“One of my favorite sayings is that there are great hospitals, great research facilities, and great charities, and St. Jude has all three,” said Emily Hines.
Nobody knows this better than Emily Hines, who was brought to St. Jude and cured with a rare form of cancer. Hines is one of the countless patients who have benefited from the life-saving research and care that takes place there every day.
“We do wonderful things, and a cancer diagnosis or other catastrophic disease diagnosis can be scary, but you know you’re coming to the best place,” said Rebecca Bush, Dir. Clinical Operations.
Rebecca Bush is the Director of Clinical Operations at St. Jude, and she sees firsthand the patient-centric approach that goes into each patient to ease their fears.
“If a child needs an MRI, we have children’s life coaches who take the children and their families and show them what an MRI looks like. We have a practice MRI and the kids can lie down and show them what it looks like,” Bush said.
Bush knows that for the families who come to St. Jude, the cancer diagnosis is often the worst moment, so outside relief is important. And that’s where this year’s Lexington St. Jude Dream Home comes in.
The money raised from tickets sold for the giveaway is just another way St. Jude supports families and helps ensure no family ever gets a bill from St. Jude.
“We’re doing what we can to help with travel, food, shelter and all of that so they can focus on what’s important, taking care of their child,” Bush said.
At St. Jude, every patient is special, and for people like Bush, it’s a place where hope lives on every day.
“It’s a happy place,” Bush said.
Tickets to the Lexington St. Jude Dream Home at 4012 Buttermilk Road in the Home Place area of Polo Club Boulevard are on sale now. The drawing for the house is October 13, 2022.
Dates and times of the open house:
24 Sept – 9:00am – 5:00pm
25 Sept – 12pm – 5pm
1 Oct – 9:00am – 5:00pm
2 Oct – 12pm – 5pm
8 Oct – 9:00am – 5:00pm
9 Oct – 12pm – 5pm
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