Wednesday, January 21, 2009

St. Jude Seminar Day Two (Fri 1/16)

Day Two of the seminar started with a breakfast buffet at the convention center. Then, everyone else went off to tour the hospital. Those of us that went the day before stayed at the convention center for a special meeting.

During "Meet the Team" we listened to a Doctor, Nurse, and Patient Family. We learned about all aspects of his care and treatment. Little Ethan was shy, with a really sweet smile. He didn't want to talk much, but he is now a healthy 8 year old, in remission! He told us that he was sad when his treatment was over because he would miss his friends and his "home" at St. Jude.

His mom wanted to make it clear that they thanked God everyday for a place like St. Jude. They were allowed to focus COMPLETELY on Ethan. They didn't have to worry about food, housing, or anything.

After that, we went to a DELICIOUS lunch buffet. I can still taste the vegetable lasagna and cannoli!! While we were finishing up, Ellen and her father spoke. Ellen's father is the epitome of a Southern man and spoke very emotionally about his experience with St. Jude.

Then, he said that Ellen had something she wanted to share with us. Ellen, with her beautiful bald head and pretty pink dress, marched up to the stage, grabbed the microphone, and said, "Hello! My name is Ellen. I'm 4 years old and I really hope you enjoy my song." She sang 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' It was the most beautiful version I've ever heard!!! The entire room was bawling.

*Ellen actually was featured on the St. Jude episode of 'Jon and Kate Plus 8' on TLC. The episode is titled "Giving Back."

At that point, the Veterns' group left to go to the hospital. The Early Birds' had a special activity in another room. We made Tray Liners for the children that would be in the hospital for Valentine's Day.
M was extremely artistic. She drew this cute little bear, holding balloons...

M and I then went to the Artist Taping. About 20 artists were there, so we could get liners from them to air on our stations for our radiothons. While we met several celebrities, cameras weren't allowed for us to prove it, lol.

Then, we had a break. We headed back to the hotel room, where I took pictures of the view of Downtown Memphis, from my room.

The Main Street Trolley stopped right outside our hotel room, so D and I decided to take a ride.....

This thing was SO cool. Very old and authentic......
Every Friday night at the Seminar, they have Lucky Duck Casino Night. There's a huge buffet. The rest of the room is set up as this great casino. You can win money to buy autographed items to auction off, during your radiothon. There are also bigger ticket items that they raffle off. We didn't win anything, but we had a lot of fun!!!!

D, M, and I at Casino Night....

Jason Michael Carroll and I at Casino Night....

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