Casual for a Cause: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

You may have seen the touching television ads featuring celebrities raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but did you know that St. Jude’s has a local connection to Detroit?

According to the St. Jude website, celebrity Danny Thomas – born Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz in Deerfield, Michigan to Lebanese immigrants – sought spiritual guidance in a Detroit church, which he ultimately credited with his success in radio, film, and television and led him to start a children’s hospital in Memphis that is now St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Today, St. Jude treats children with cancer from all 50 states and from around the world who suffer from life-threatening illnesses – but their families never receive a bill from St. Jude for medical care, travel, housing, or food. The treatments and innovations it developed have increased childhood cancer survival rates from 20% to more than 80% over the past 50 years, and St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes so that physicians and researchers around the globe can use that knowledge in their efforts to save even more children.

Led by associate Bryan Padgett, the Zausmer family went “Casual for a Cause” on April 15th to support St. Jude and the many families it helps each year. On May 1st, Bryan also participated in “Ride for a Reason,” a four-hour cycling event organized by LifeTime Fitness and the LifeTime Foundation, raising additional funds for this worthy cause.

We encourage you to visit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital website to learn more about its research and treatment programs, its ongoing commitment to sick children and their families, and ways you can give.


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