Monday, December 5, 2011

Thanks and Giving ~ A Campaign for St Jude Children's Research Hospital + Giveaway!

Welcome to a VERY SPECIAL 
Tea Party Tuesday!

This week I am joining the 
Christmas Tea
hosted by Sandi at the whimsical and inspirational
Rose Chintz Cottage
as well as Christmas with Victoria with Kathy at 

Thank YOU Sandi!!

There will be NO LINKY on my site this week
as I am doing something special. Instead of linking up
your post, leave a comment to enter the giveaway!!

I am dedicating this next month
of Tea Party Tuesday to the
 St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Recently, I was able to cross an item off my "bucket list".

For the past several years, I have been a
Partner in Hope at 
St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

I will NEVER forget the day I made that commitment.

Shortly after I was diagnosed with my brain tumor, I was
watching TV and happened upon an infomercial for
St Jude's Hospital and cried my eyes out.

The next day I became a Partner in Hope.

Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for anyone, but
in my opinion, childhood cancer 
is particularly catastrophic. 

I felt this was one small way I could do something
that might help someone else dealing with this diagnosis.

Over the years I often dreamed of visiting
St Jude Children's Research Hospital but
resigned my heart that I would most likely
live my life admiring from afar.

Well, on November 9th, 2011 my dream came
true and I was able to get an amazing opportunity
to visit this hospital and get a unique behind the
scenes view of this remarkable care facility.

Thank you to my Father-in-law, John Shamp
for making this extraordinary trip possible.

My life was forever inspired and changed.

I came home with a fire in my heart
to seek out an opportunity to do more.
I was able to see with my own eyes, the 
remarkable, compassionate care that is given to
these deserving patients.


I was enlightened to learn that out of their
1.7 million dollar a day operating costs - 70% 
of the money comes from DONATIONS.

This year I am most grateful for my opportunity
to give back to an institution that has given so 
much to so many over the years.

Artwork on the walls of St Jude made by patients.  Loving the Life I am In ~ POWERFUL!

It will be ok!

Powerful words. We all want to reach out and make a difference, don't we?

This year I am participating in St Jude
Children's Research Hospital's 
THANKS and GIVING Campaign

Thanks and Giving began as a holiday-focused 
fundraising effort and has grown into an annual 
tradition that families look forward to each year. 

It is an unprecedented coming together of celebrities, 
media, retail and corporate partners. During this unique 
national campaign, everyone can help raise funds that 
are vital to the research and treatment taking place at St. Jude.

Here is how YOU can make a difference!

Visit one of the participating retailers and spend your money!
To see all the participating retailers click HERE!

Also look for this picture at your favorite store:

 Become a sustaining Partner in Hope by clicking HERE!

Donate on my secure fundraising website by clicking HERE!!!!

Help me spread the word about this great campaign and let me know by leaving an 
extra comment and increase your 
chances to win these fun treats. 

First, because I LOVE tea, you will get this great MUG!

Proceeds benefit St Jude

And you will receive this FANTASTIC BOOK:

And last but not least you will receive a box of my 
FAVORITE TEA, "Evening in Florence" 
which is a rich black tea with
hazelnut and chocolate flavors.


This campaign and giveaway will be open 
between now and Christmas Day. 


I will announce the winner on Dec 26th, 2011. 
Open to US and Canada only please.

For ME, the BEST part of St Jude's Hospital is 
that they NEVER say NEVER...they NEVER
give up HOPE. They are actively RESEARCHING
the most RARE and DIFFICULT cancers when
NO ONE else is because there is NO MONEY
in finding a CURE for RARE TUMORS. 
Christmas time is truly a season of giving and 
hope, St Jude gives me HOPE !

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Paula said...

So Blessed we are to have you in our lives, Trisha! Thank you so much for your incredible passion and dedication to the St. Jude Children and their families. We all need an opportunity like this to sit back and reflect on how lucky we truly are and how awesome it would be to in just a small way help others. Life is to short to live with regret. I will always Thank God for people like you in my life, reminding me that we can make a difference. I LOVE YOU!

Barbara F. said...

What a wonderful charity this is. Children are our future. Life is too precious to lose because of the inability to pay for the proper treatment. You are an angel, Trisha. ((hugs)) xo

Unknown said...

What a beautiful post, you are an amazingly strong woman and I'm glad we have become "virtual" friends. hugs!

Lisa said...

Just last week I was telling my husband that I thought St. Jude's was the most worthy charity that I knew of. The one true blessing in life is the ability to help others and I can think of no better way than this. THANK YOU SO MUCH for shining light on this!

Deena H. said...

Thank you for passing on this wonderful message. My family and I are a supporting partner for St. Jude. We love them. I hope people will see this and begin to make supporting St. Jude a new holiday tradition in their homes.
The mug is extra special. Thanks so much for this very beautiful and heartfelt giveaway.
You are making a difference. :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Trisha,
What a wonderful ambassador you make for this great cause! I see commericals about this hospital advertised on TV all the time and it gets me every time. Everyone's life has been touched by cancer in one way or another. Thank you, my friend, for linking this with my Christmas Tea party. Have a lovely week and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Christmas blessings and hugs,

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Trisha
You have a big heart for this very worthy cause; I like your selection for favourite tea.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Thanks you for sharing this wonderful post and giving so many ways to help. May God bless you and yours.

highheeledlife said...

My sweet friend, you are an extraordinary person! Thank you for highlighting the wonderful work St. Jude does and for sharing with us an opportunity to also give back! It was my pleasure to support you and your efforts. I also have added St. Jude's button with link back to this post on my right side bar.

Wishing you all the best and may you exceed any fundraising goals you have set for yourself in this project. Blessings to you my friend, xo HHL (Celia). xo

Snap said...

Beautiful post Trisha. I wish more people would join us in supporting St. Jude. Wishing you well and Happy Tea Day!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a sweet, dear, lovely friend you are! I appreciate the opportunity to be able to give to St. Jude's. I love their philosophy in helping all children. Thank you for your beautiful post. Love, hugs & blessing sent to you.

Kathy said...

Hello Trisha, This is so special! God has blessed you with a special gift and a very giving heart! I appreciate you sharing this special post with A Return to Loveliness and will definitely visit these sites.
God Bless!

webee said...

first i posted this to my facebook pg.i don't have a blog.second in 2009 i was diagnosed with ankylosing auto immune,brittle bone,form of arthritis.this is a desease without a cure and attacks your joints and bone.your bones fuse to form one as your body is turned to the letter c.this is is your body attacking itself and your tired all the time.people with AS live a life in pain and to ease this pain so it isn't as bad as it could be we take meds that cancer patients take.i no longer can walk without a cane.somedays if i want to go out i use a wheelchaire.since i learned of that i have this people tell me i am praying for a miricle for responce is thank you but i think the children need it more.i wish i had extra money to give to the children.i would also love to help animals as wish is someday to help both causes.i know i won't win win your giveaway but i wanted to share this with you.i shared your post because i want to spread the word.ironicaly i just watched last night the christmas movie about one family who dealt with st jude when their child was diagnosed with a rare tumer.the child died the same yr i was heart reaches out to all those children and families.i am now 36 but feel 100.i have no children but i luckily have a great supportive husband of 19 yrs.some have lost there spouces because they can't handle this all who support this great cause lots of love and gentle hugs

Mrs Happy Homemaker said...

What a FANTASTIC cause & am moving giveaway!

Unknown said...

Webee - you do not have to give any gave your heart in that post and that is truly moving. I thank you for sharing your story and I hope it allowed you some release. Prayers with you!!!

And THANK YOU to everyone and your nice comments and support! This is so emotional and wonderful!

♥ Miss Tea said...

How wonderful that you could make the trip to St. Jude's hospital, bless your father in law for making the trip possible! what a Great cause and I love the words on one of the pic above "Those who work for the good are as those who do the good", and again a beautiful and moving post, Trisha!


Anonymous said...

From Your Mom...
Good Morning My Trisha. It was your Dad's & my honor to give our donation to St. Jude's in your name to complete your goal commitment. You have always listened and followed that warm feeling in your heart and have so tenderly touched so many hearts. When one has a kind & caring heart it does come back to you in abundance. You have traveled your road and forged many new path along the way and your Dad & I have been by your side each step of the way. Never forget how special you are and how much you are loved. A Mother's love is the most gentle yet the most powerful energy on earth and it has been my pure joy and blessing to have given you a Mother's Love.
Love, Your Mom

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

You are an inspiring person! St. Jude is such a wonderful place. What a great thing to do.

Anonymous said...

Bless you, Trish! Totally embodying the Spirit of Christmas - GIVING - the emphasis of my post today, too - but with a bit a whimsy and fun. May your efforts be multiplied!!
Joy to you!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Trisha,
this is a wonderful charity. I wish you a big success in every way.
Blessings, Johanna

Gardentina said...

What a powerful message. Thanks for sharing!

Shiloh said...

Thank you so much for sharing all these pictures. I have thought many times about the wonderful things they are doing at St. Judes.

Susan-The Weekly Sweet Experiment said...

Trish - this is a beautiful post. So glad I found you and your blog :) I love your Mom's comments too. So sweet. Love to you!

Paula said...

Your heart encompasses so much and spills over with such compassion and pure goodness for others. What a beautiful gift your father-in-law gave you in this visit to St. Jude's. I can only imagine how inspired and motivated you were by those you met at this wonderful, life-changing institution. I'm not entering the give-away Trish, I just wanted to send you the biggest of hugs for the wonderful difference you have made with this post.

Anonymous said...

Thank God for people like you... This is a beautiful thing that you are doing for these children...May God bless and keep you...

Unknown said...

Thanks for keeping inspiration as a major part of your blog.

Angela McRae said...

What a wonderful way of supporting a great cause! I hope your thoughtfulness returns to you a thousand fold!

Micupoftea said...

I am so glad you had the chance to visit the hospital. You are a blessing. Wonderful post~

Beth said...

Hi Trish, You are definitely making a difference. Thanks for all you do, and for being an inspiration. In your own sorrow and weakness, you reached out and helped someone else. God bless you.

Deena H. said...

I am doing a fund raiser for St. Jude's. This place is a God-send for so many families. I am donating all the sweets and all money will go to St. Jude's. Thank you for all you do for St. Jude's, Trish!

Sue said...

I've cried through one of their infomercials too. That's so special that you had the opportunity to visit St. Jude's. Thanks for all the info. and links for such a worthy cause!

Chubskulit Rose said...

We support St. Jude too.

Pretty pink!

Hearty Pink, come and see when you get a chance.

Unknown said...

Since the loss of our wee son (not thru illness), we are constant supporters of St. Jude's, Shriners Hospital & Children's Hospital.

Wonderful effort you are campaigning ... God bless you. So glad you are doing better. Prayers lift daily for these beautiful children that are facing such horrible disease in their young lives.

Merry Christmas & Thank You.

CJ Foss said...

Thank you for reminding me of how blessed we are to be alive, and the ability we have to inspire hope in others. Thanks for sharing/posting. Merry Christmas ~CJ

Katie Wright said...

I remember doing fund raisers as a child for St. Jude's and always feeling as though I had helped another child get the much needed medical care. Thank you for continuing to help this wonderful place.

Katie Wright

Unknown said...

Trisha you are so beautiful, in and out!
I'm happy you are doing better.
We help with flipping rooms for ill children under the Make a Wish Foundation and it is such a heartbreak to see those children suffer, and at such a young age, at the end of the day when they like their rooms and we get to see a little sparkle in their eyes it is all that matters, just trying to make their life a bit more comfortable.
God Bless for you all you are doing and Happy Holidays to you!

Unknown said...

I know you are a Special person in MY life! I am so glad you were able to make this trip...what an inspiration St. Jude's is for so many!
I am proud to say I shop at a St. Jude's store!
Thank you for "paying it forward" in so many ways!

Tybee Dreaming said...

Hi Trish,
I too am a cancer survivor and a Partner in Hope for St Judes. I can't think of a better charity than this. Thank you so much for helping to get the word out. Have a very Merry Christmas to you and ur family.

JupZi said...

In the land of St. Jude, I am known as Julia's mom. In 1987 my beautiful daughter was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and to use the words of Doctor Mac, "In all probability will not survive". St. Jude has an affiliate in Peoria, Illinois, where Julia underwent treatment. To this day, I will never forget the depth of brown in Docs eyes as he looked into mine with the words a mother never should hear. The tumor was in Julia's chest, shutting off her vital organs, and surgery was not an option due to the location and size. Dr. Mac called Memphis hospital for the protocol from his car, but when he arrived at the hospital, Julia was on a ventilator and in cardiac & pulmonary arrest. When I saw my baby lying there, blue, and someone had French-braided her long blonde hair, never did I know such could come from my being. There are no words to describe, and nothing but prayer to do. By the Grace of God, and only He, did our Julia came back to us. Doc started a chemotherapy drug to dissolve the tumor, which was not without risk. After three and a half years of intensive Chemotherapy, and seven more of monitoring; fast-forward to 2011 where Julia will be thirty-one next month. Trish, this will make you smile... Julia works for the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation in Chicago, IL. Doc is now retired, but on Julia's tenth year, and release from St. Jude, he told us she was the sickest child he ever had that survived. She was too sick to go to Memphis for her induction, however, she did go to Memphis with another St. Jude family. I know this is a long comment, but I wanted to share with you and your followers, of how St. Jude saved my little girls life. I looked at Doc and said, "What do I say to the man who saved my child's life?" I still do not have an answer to that question. I never dreamed we would find ourselves on St. Jude's doorstep, but we did. And they not only opened their doors, they opened their arms and brought us into the family. Thank you for your sponsorship and God bless. MJ

mommyof2cuties said...

Hi, I just happened upon your post from last year. As you well know it's coming up on that time again. I must tell you how much we thank you for spreading the word to help our children. My son is a patient of St. Jude. He was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma 5.5 years ago. We spent 9 months of our lives there, and continue to go back yearly. We have always considered that time to be the best, and some of the worst times a family should endure. Thanks be to you, and all of the other wonderful people who continue to support them. The money that is sent to St. Jude is honestly spent on every patient...all 100%. The prayers of course are PRICELESS. Thank you for giving my son, and many others the opportunity to become adults. Without St. Jude and their dream, our dreams as parents would be shattered. God Bless

mommyof2cuties said...

I have just came across your post from last year. As you know that time of year is fast approaching again. I would like to thank you for reaching out to so many to help our children. My Son is a patient of St. Jude. He was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma 6.5 years ago at the age of 5. We spent 9 months of our live there. We continue to go back once a year for check ups now. We have always considered our time there as the best, and part of the worst a family should ever have to endure. Thank God we were able to bring our son home, and that he is now happy & healthy. Sadly many parents don't get that chance. Thank you, and to all of the ones that you have reached for helping our son to be able to have all of his first's in his life. Finally, thanks to Danny Thomas the founder of St. Jude for having a dream. For without his dream, our dreams as parents would have been crushed. God Bless, and Happy upcoming Holidays.

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