I am a person who donates to St. Jude Hospital, which costs about $1.7 million to run each day. Just thinking about a child with cancer is enough to make me cry, and that urge to cry has become even worse since my husband died from cancer. Cancer is so mean - it doesn't care who you are or what your age is. Everyone has been touched by the hand of cancer, whether it is someone you know or yourself.
A little boy named Calvin was a cancer patient at St. Jude's Hospital. He was feeling so many conflicting emotions during his treatment - the love of those caring for him, the fear of the disease, the happy emoji, as he tried to stay happy. Calvin was in treatment with both chemo and radiation treatments, and then he relapsed and had to return for more treatments. Calvin is also a boy who likes monster trucks. He drew a monster truck with his selected emojis, and MonsterTrucks.com made his drawing into a real toy! How exciting! For each of the toy trucks purchased, $10 will go toward St. Jude Hospital. If you are interested in purchasing a truck, here is the website: https://www.monsterjamsuperstore.com/searchresults.asp?Search=calvin%27s+emoji+truck
Last week, Monster Trucks surprised Calvin and his mother during an interview on FOX News. They made a REAL (not toy) monster truck from Calvin's drawing, and Calvin and his mom will get to see that truck in action when they are guests at the Monster Jam World Finals. Here is the link to the interview, where you can meet Calvin and see the giant truck with Calvin's emojis!
Our world is filled with so many bad news stories right now, so I wanted to share a good news story. I also applaud the Monster Trucks organization for their contributions to St. Jude, and for making the public aware of the needs of the hospital. They saw the need and stepped up to help save lives.
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I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books. Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self. However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
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