As you may know from Memphis media coverage, more than a week ago a terrible tragedy struck one of our St. Jude families: Elnora Blackledge-Lee, her husband and their five children, three of whom – Jayla, Felicia and Juliauna – are battling cancer. While in Boston seeking treatment for Jayla, who many of you have seen at ALSAC events, the family’s home in Memphis was destroyed by fire. This left the family without shelter, clothing, food and other necessities.
We are all saddened by this news, and many of you have expressed a desire to help this St. Jude family get back on their feet in the midst of their dire circumstances. The family needs clothing and Target or Kroger gift cards to purchase food and supplies.
If you would like to contribute clothing, please consider donating new clothing in these specific sizes:
· Shoes and Socks – Women’s Shoe Size 13 wide (or men’s 11.5 tennis shoe)
· Shoes and Socks – Girl, Shoe Size 5.5-6
· Shoes and Socks – Boy, Shoe Size 5.5-6
· Shoes and Socks – Toddler Girl, size unknown
· Clothing – Women’s 16 or XL
· Clothing – Girl, Size 14-16
· Clothing – Girl, Size 5T
· Clothing – Boy, Size 12
Clothing donations can be placed in collection boxes by the elevators at NEO and in the 448 building. Target and Kroger gift cards can be placed in a locked drop box in the Executive Office. Please consider donating any of these items by noon on Wednesday, November 26 so we may present these items to the family by Thanksgiving. If you do not work on campus and want to help, you can mail items to Anna Smith at NEO. In addition, you can contribute to the Lee Family Benefit Fund at any Regions Bank branch for those in the Memphis area.
I know the family will deeply appreciate your support as they weather yet another storm in their lives. With this family’s tragedy in mind, I’d also like you to know that we are working with the hospital to establish a general fund to which hospital and ALSAC staff can donate to help families who may experience a crisis in the future or have special needs. We will share more information about this opportunity when the details are finalized.
Thank you again for everything you do for the kids of St. Jude.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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