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We're grateful for Joe Farris, the St. Jude Santa who brought joy to generations of patients

Joe Farris loved Christmas, and he loved kids. What that love looked like in action was this: for more than half a century, Joe faithfully brought Christmas cheer to St. Jude patients not once but twice a year, in July and December.

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We’re grateful for: Jerry Thompson and his sister Theresa for sharing their mountain with St. Jude

In the middle of the Saddle Up for St. Jude trail ride in Maui, Hawaii, Theresa Thompson will fill with a kind of happiness that’s almost spiritual, “like church.”

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We’re grateful for: Elise, the little girl who inspired a college basketball team

When Iowa State University women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital offered up some advice. It was 5-year-old Elise, who had become an honorary member of the Cyclones — and had faced cancer herself a year earlier.

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We’re grateful for: Jared Isaacman, who’s been to the stars and back to help St. Jude

Ask Jared Isaacman what’s the most amazing place he’s been this year and he’ll surely say: Space.

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We're grateful for: Jeremiah, a former St. Jude patient, for his vision of the Hope Garden

Jeremiah Godby was 6 years old and planning his own funeral. In 1991, when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia with a rare Philadelphia chromosome mutation, there was little likelihood of survival.

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We’re grateful for: Cade Watson's family, for uniting southwestern Virginia to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

A person could drive through Damascus, Virginia, in five minutes, but to know its heart, they’d do well to spend two hours on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day at the St. Jude Sweetheart Banquet.

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We’re grateful for: Friends like Jim, who helped support the families and research of St. Jude

It was during a virtual event with fellow St. Jude supporters in early 2021 that 95-year-old Jim Guth found himself being serenaded with an online rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

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We’re grateful for: Linn Ann, driven by her sister’s memory to help find more cures and save more kids

Linn Ann Huntington’s decades of supporting @StJude began at an early age, after her little sister passed just 34 days before St. Jude opened in 1962.

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We’re grateful for: Arturo Natalino, who continues his family's decades-long tradition of supporting St. Jude

It started decades ago with the news that a young boy in a New Haven neighborhood who played for the local baseball league had been diagnosed with leukemia.

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We’re grateful for: fishing personality Fat Cat Newton, who pours his humor and heart into helping St. Jude

Combining humor with his love of fishing, B. “Fat Cat” Newton has created a social media persona that’s almost literally larger than life. His heart is even bigger.

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About this blog

We went looking for acts of kindness in the time of the coronavirus — and found them everywhere. People looking out for a neighbor or stranger. People putting the most vulnerable among us first. People making human connections, even in this time of social distancing. As St. Jude founder Danny Thomas said: “Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.”

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