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Twenty-five years ago, Donald and Anne Welsh of Drums, Pennsylvania, traveled to Memphis in search of a rock ‘n’ roll legend. In the process, they found a world-renowned hospital.
The Welshes came to Memphis in 1978 to visit Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. As longtime Elvis fans, they fondly recall their visit that year as they tried to locate Elvis’ old school and the trauma center to which he donated money. In the process, they found St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After reviewing hospital publications and learning about the institution’s mission, the couple was impressed.
Today, the Welshes are still Elvis fans and zealous advocates for the work being done at St. Jude. “You can hear about the hospital, but you have to experience it,” Donald says. “To see the work done at St. Jude just makes you want to do more.”
“I don’t think there is another hospital on earth that does more,” adds Anne. “The love shows through in all the employees. Everyone is so caring. They make you feel like part of the family.”
Several years after that initial visit, the Welshes began making monthly contributions to the hospital. When they decided it was time to plan their estate, they picked up the phone and called St. Jude. That call led to a meeting with a St. Jude representative in their region.
“When we met with the rep, she did not try to point us in one direction or another,” Anne says. “She just listened to what we had to say, gave us options and took our future needs into account. We have been pleased with every aspect of St. Jude.”
Because the Welshes don’t have children, they chose St. Jude as recipient of their estate. At every opportunity, they try to encourage others to consider donating to St. Jude as well.
“The first thing people want to know is don’t we have any family to leave our possessions to,” Donald says. “But the gift to St. Jude lets me make a mark in life. I wish we had the words to make people know how phenomenal the hospital is.”
To learn more about ways to give, call the ALSAC Gift Planning department at (901) 578-2081, or toll-free at 1-800 830-8119, Ext. 2081.