The Beauty of Giving

"Any little thing I can do to help a child is a beautiful gift,” says supermodel and actress Lily Aldridge.

Written by Lily Aldridge

My two-and-a-half year old daughter is the light of my life, my little angel. She’s a little firecracker. Right now, she’s all about arts and crafts. There’s glitter all over our house all the time, but it’s the best, most beautiful glitter I’ve ever seen.

Anything to do with children has always touched me deeply. And any little thing I can do to help a child is a beautiful gift.

Several years ago, my husband [Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill] and I decided we should visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Lily Aldridge models the T- shirt she designed to benefit St. Jude during last year’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Lily Aldridge models the T-shirt she designed to benefit St. Jude during last year’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

It was an emotional, amazing and eye-opening experience: seeing how state-of-the-art everything is, the incredible care the children get, and how happy and vibrant the facilities are.

We learned that a parent does not pay one bill, not one airfare, not one meal for their child. Every little detail was planned so that a family had nothing to worry about but getting their child better.

We went into one of the research facilities, and a scientist told us, “We’re researching this rare cancer. There’s not much known about it, because it’s so rare that researching it wouldn’t be profitable for pharmaceutical companies.”

I was shocked.

Then the scientist told us, “All the research we’re doing for this cancer is public, so other hospitals use that information. We’re trying to get this cancer eliminated, so it doesn’t exist anymore.”

Since that visit, my husband and I have done what we can to help. A portion of the ticket sales from his band goes to St. Jude. And each time I have an opportunity to represent a charity, I always pick St. Jude. I’ve never found a charity that does more important work than St. Jude. It makes my life happier knowing that I can do something to help.

The care and love and hard work that St. Jude puts into eliminating cancer are so important. You might think, “It’s just a dollar, and what can a dollar do?” But a dollar from a million people is a huge donation. It’s life changing. It will save lives. 

Supermodel and actress Lily Aldridge has supported St. Jude in numerous ways, ranging from participating in St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. and providing social media support to designing a clothing line whose sales benefited the hospital.

Reprinted from Promise, Summer 2015

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