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Sep 25, 2011 2:17 PM by Chris Welty

Restaurant to Donate to St Jude

Every year nearly 5,700 patients visit Saint Jude Children's Research Center for treatment.
Even if families can't pay, no child is ever denied treatment, treatment that can often get very expensive which is where the public comes in. KATC'S Chris Welty found out that this month there is a way for everyone to get involved.

"You hear four words that no parent expects to hear....your child has cancer," said Dana Blanchard.

In 2001, at the age of 3, Cameron Blanchard was diagnosed with A.L.L. Accute Lymphoblastic Lukemia Cancer. Cameron says he doesn't remember much from the first trip to Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis other than the drive and how the hospital is like no other.

"It was just fun is all I can really say about it, it's just a good place to be. The doctors' offices have all these amazing paintings on the walls," said Cameron Blanchard.

Helping families and searching for a cure to cancer is no easy task and it can become costly. In 2002 Chili's made a ten year pledge to raise more than 50 million dollars for the hospital.

"It's one of my favorite times that Chili's does, and on September 26, 100% profits go towards St. Jude," said Chili's Cullinary Manager, Candace Urbanowski.

Not only is Chili's donating 100% of its profits on September 26th, but any time you come into the restaurant during the month of September, you can donate a dollar or more and color a pepper all to raise money for the children of St. Jude.

"Every single Chili's across the entire United States, as well as the whole globe is taking part and it's a great way to support such a wonderful organization," said Urbanowski.

"Just come here and eat lunch and know it is for a great cause and that you are saving a child's life."

It will be ten years in October since Cameron was diagnosed and he will make another trip to St. Jude for his confirmation that he is considered cured after ten years of remission.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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