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“Survivor” has become a commonly used word in our society. From the self-assured lyrics of the singing sensation Destiny’s Child to the newest rage in reality television, everyone is focused on what it means to be a survivor. But one St. Jude donor knew the meaning of the word long before it became one of the latest trends.
William Rhodes is a veteran of World War II. He clearly remembers fighting the war and almost losing his life from injuries incurred when a bomb landed near him on Normandy Beach. Lt. Rhodes received several ribbons for bravery during his tenure. And at the age of 89, he and his wife Millicent, 85, have lived through more than most people could ever imagine.
When they were young, their only child died. That’s why the decision to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was an easy one. “We lost our daughter,” says William, “but we believe in doing what we can to help. St. Jude is doing a good thing by helping these children, and my wife and I want to do our part.”
Residents of Nashville, Tennessee, William and Millicent donate to several organizations around the world. But they have a unique bond with St. Jude. Because he has overcome difficult circumstances, William carries a special place in his heart for the children at St. Jude. His wish is that they will be able to enjoy life as he and his wife have over the years.
The couple has made a charitable gift annuity and have included St. Jude in their will. A charitable gift annuity enables donors to make gifts to St. Jude while still receiving the investment income for themselves or their families. In exchange for gifts to St. Jude, donors or their beneficiaries receive fixed payments for life and reap certain tax benefits. These kinds of gifts allow donors to help the children of St. Jude today while enhancing their own financial futures.
St. Jude families may never have the opportunity to meet these generous donors, but they can be assured that the Rhodes family is pulling for them.
“We just love to help people, and we’re glad to be able to do what we can for the children at St. Jude,” says William. “My wife and I have led an exciting life. Our hope is that these children will survive their illnesses and be able to live long, prosperous lives.”
For information about how you can help St. Jude children through a charitable gift annuity or other type of gift, call the Gift Planning department at (901) 578-2108, or toll free at 1-800-877-5833, Ext. 2081.