In today’s political climate of partisan bickering about how health care should be implemented, it’s wonderfully refreshing to find a hospital that’s unabashedly dedicated to providing great care in any circumstance. In the world of hospitals, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital stands alone for several reasons. It’s the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude’s medical and scientific staff published more than 680 articles in academic journals in 2010, more than any other pediatric cancer research center in the United States. Most important, St. Jude never refuses a patient based on their family’s ability to pay.
All of this means that St. Jude has been able to increase survival rates of children diagnosed with cancer from less than 20% to more than 80% during the course of the hospital’s work over the last four decades. However, these unprecedented strides in patient care aren’t exactly cheap. St. Jude remains the foremost center for cutting edge cancer treatments, resulting in the hospital incurring a daily operating cost of $1.7 million. The vast majority of this expense is covered by public contributions.
With this in mind, Black Sheep Lodge is hosting the 2011 Kickoff Event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Lone Stars and Angels Party on Sunday, August 28th. You can think of this as an extended preparty for the fancy gala that is the Lone Stars and Angels Party. One key difference though is that the event at the Black Sheep Lodge is absolutely free and includes drink specials, door prizes, and tickets for the Lone Stars and Angels Party for a $100 discount. Finally, two lucky people will win tickets to the Lone Stars and Angels Party, valued at $150 each.
Few causes are as purely altruistic as donating to cancer research, and few opportunities are as easy as enjoying food and drinks in support of St. Jude. If you’d like more information on the actual Lone Stars and Angels Party, check it out here.