Twelve words and a date can change your day.
An anonymous, handwritten note stuck in the front door handle of a suburban Memphis home read: “Thank you. We just had our ‘No Mo Chemo’ party 6-20-20. Much love.”
The note was left by a passerby because of a yard sign with a simple message in front of the home: “We are St. Jude.”
The sign signifies a St. Jude employee lives there – part of an effort to dot the literal landscape with hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. This one sign in particular did much more. It linked an anonymous family member with an anonymous employee in a way that symbolized a greater mission and purpose.
A No More Chemo party, like the one seen below, is one of the most special days at St. Jude. It’s when family gathers alongside doctors, nurses and other staff members to celebrate the end of treatment, lovingly singing “pack up your bags, get out the door, you don’t get chemo anymore” as confetti is thrown in the air. It’s a day filled with laughter and joy, and this anonymous person chose to share it with another.
The note makes a powerful point without saying it. Treatment of childhood cancer continues at St. Jude. And as of June 20, so do the celebrations.