St. Jude Patient Homes

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a place for young ones to seek help for catastrophic diseases, such as cancer.

The hospital also provides places to stay for patients that become a home away from home.

Short-term patients of the hospital who only need a place to stay for up to a week can stay at the Memphis Grizzlies House, named after the cities NBA basketball team, who contributed $5 million dollars for the construction.

It includes everything from a dining room, a fitness room, and of course, an outdoor basketball court.

Patients needing to stay up to three months can stay at the Ronald McDonald House, which houses 51 patients and also offers the children a variety of rooms, from playrooms to t.v. lounges.

For those whose treatment will last more than three months, there's the Target House.

"Target House is situated on about 33 acres", says ALSAC Representative, Sara Traynom.

The multi-million dollar facility was made possible by Target and families staying here receive $100 dollars a week from Kroger for groceries.

"I had a friend that had cancer", says Karri Morgan.

Karri Morgan was the first employee of the Target House and is the house manager. Her friend led her to be a part of the hospital.

"That was her wish to me", says Morgan.

She's now helping provide these patients and family members with a home away from home, which includes the Tiger Woods Library....

"There's alot of different medical reference books for our families", says Sara Traynom.

...The Amy Grant Music Room...

"It's a little bit quieter and the families get together in here and they talk about what's going on", says Traynom.

The Scott Hamilton Fitness Room, and of course the rooms the kids can't get enough of: the Playroom and the Teen Room.

Everything that these children need to make them feel at home and happy during a difficult time in their life.

For more on Memphis Grizzlies House, the Ronald McDonald House, or the Target House, click on the following link:

http://www.stjude.org/search/0,2616,582_3161_4345,00.html

For more on the St. Jude Dream Home, click on the following link:
http://www.wbko.com/dreamhome


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