April Challenge: St. Jude


Yesterday I knocked a big one off my Memphis Farewell List!  Several of my running friends are employees at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I thought it would be fun for us to meet up for lunch.  I also managed to work out a tour of the campus with Princess.

St Jude Campus - the heart of Memphis

Elizabeth walked with Norman and I around the hospital, a surprisingly happy place with it’s brightly colored walls, floors and ceilings, and patients’ artwork hanging around everywhere.  One of my favorite pieces of artwork was the ABC wall.  Each letter was assigned to a different patient and the child was to create a poem, story or piece of artwork corresponding to that letter.

V is for Vomet

Next we went into one of the chapels that included this beautiful stained glass image of St. Jude – the patron saint of lost causes.  It was a very peaceful space that included all types of spiritual readings and a prayer book for people to write in.

St. Jude

Another favorite spot of mine was the research tower where the national flags of all the St. Jude researchers are hung.  It’s really an unbelievable sight to see so many nationalities working together against one common cause.

All the nationalities of St. Jude

After the tour, we met up with Becca and Jen for lunch in the cafeteria.  The Kay Cafe features a lot of produce grown locally in St. Jude’s own garden (a health precaution for the sick kiddos) and also provides a space for the patients, families, staff and doctors to all eat together in one place.

All St. Jude Half Marathon Participants!

I absolutely enjoyed the outing with my friends and the tour of the hospital served as a great reminder of the tough fight going on in  many children’s lives and the pivotal role this city plays in the battle and also why I love the St. Jude Marathon so much!

Click here for some quick facts about the hospital.  If you’d like to take a tour, they’re offered most weekdays at 10 am or 1 pm.  Click here for more info.


Happy middle of the week!!  Look for a mass posting of this past week’s activities – mama’s visit, gym party, and maybe some running!


2 responses »

  1. V is also my favorite letter on the ABC wall. It was so great to see you and I was very excited that you had a chance to visit St. Jude and see how special it is. I feel very privileged to work there!

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