Like many 8-year-olds, T.J. Lipscomb enjoys playing Pokémon. The second-grader from Baltimore, Maryland, is also passionate about animals and music.
“He loves music, playing music and dancing to music,” says his father, Tremayne Lipscomb Sr.
Seeing him today, you would never guess that five years ago T.J. was fighting for his life against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). As Lipscomb considered treatment options at his local hospital, he noticed the words “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital” printed at the top of one of the treatment plans.
Lipscomb knew about St. Jude through his employer, DTLR Inc., an urban apparel, footwear and music retailer. DTLR is involved in a fundraising campaign known as “St. Jude Give thanks. Give hope.” Customers who donate at the cash register receive personalized St. Jude pinups that are then hung in the store. Involving about 100 retail partners nationwide, the spring giving program has raised more than $7.35 million since it began in 2009.
The Lipscombs chose the St. Jude treatment plan for their son. They say they are grateful it was offered at their local hospital, because it was the only option that allowed T.J. to avoid radiation.
“The doctors said that St. Jude found a way to treat his ALL without radiation,” Lipscomb says. “They explained to me that St. Jude is a special hospital and that they share their research with other hospitals.”
St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
With his cancer in remission, T.J. now has check-ups every three months and is a healthy big brother to his little sister, Autumn.
Lispcomb shares his family’s story with DTLR employees every year as the company prepares for St. Jude Give thanks. Give hope.
“My story is a living testament that you don’t have to go to St. Jude to benefit from the hospital,” says Lipscomb, DTLR community outreach manager. “People benefit from the great work St. Jude does, even if they don’t come to Memphis.”
From Promise, Spring 2017