From her mother, Karen learned that Danny made a promise to help people. And because of St. Jude, so did Karen. “It inspired me,” she said. “I thought, ‘I want to get out and do what I can.’ It wouldn’t be anything like (Danny building St. Jude), but it would be in my own way.”
Karen came across the article and letter, and her old candy striper uniform, while in the process of downsizing, following the deaths of her mother and husband last year. They took her back to her time as a volunteer and led her to see St. Jude again, and to make a donation in memory of her loved ones.
Though the hospital campus she returned to has grown, she sensed the same familial spirit in the hallways.