St. Jude Donation Annoucement

As many of you are aware we were doing a promotion with Hammermill that benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.We stated we would donate $1 for every carton of Hammermill Tidal MP paper that was sold from October 24th thru December 31st.

 The counting and tallying have been done and SunDANCE would like to thank all of our generous customers. We sold 1,078 boxes of paper! We wrote a check to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for $1078.00 on behalf of our customers. Thank you all for making this promotion such a big success, we couldn’t have done it without you.

 St. JudesThis has been a great promotion and we have all really enjoyed doing it with our customers. I am sure the kiddos at St. Jude appreciate it as well.

We really have awesome customers and we look forward to working with you all every day!!

No Place Like St. Jude

In October a few members of our SunDANCE Family were given the opportunity to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Below are some of the pictures from our trip. To read more about our trip see our previous blog post, Our Time at St. Jude. Because of patient confidentiality, none of the patients names are able to be mentioned in this post. They are however present in our minds as our time with them was unforgettable.

St. Jude Craft Time

Eric Broberg (Sales Manager) teaching how to make paper planes.

Making Paper Planes at St. Jude

Paper Planes at St. Jude

Tyler Condry (Marketing Manager) working on paper planes with one of the AWESOME kids at St. Jude.

Arts and Crafts at St. Jude

Tyler quickly became the student as one of the kids started showing off his paper plane making skills.

Dyan Condry (Co-Owner) spreading happiness with her contagious smile.

Dyan Condry (Co-Owner of SunDANCE) was entertaining the kids with her bright personality and contagious smile.

planes flying

Within a few minutes planes were flying everywhere!

 

Here are a few facts about St. Jude.

– Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

– Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962.

– St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

– St. Jude is a world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer. We create more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital.

– The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $2 million, which is primarily covered by individual contributions.

– On average, St. Jude has more than 67,000 patient visits each year.

SunDANCE Office Supply in partnership with Hammermill Paper is continuing our commitment to support St. Jude with a dollar for every case of our HAM162008 Tidal MP Copy Paper sold through the end of 2014.

 

Our time at St. Jude

Some members of our team here at SunDANCE recently had the unique and amazing experience of traveling to St. Jude Children’s Medical Hospital for a day to learn about the hospital and all of the inspirational things happening there. We were able to spend time playing games and making arts and crafts with some of the brave kiddos that are currently living and receiving treatment at St. Jude.

sundance in front of St. JudeHere we are out in front of the Hospital! (from right to left) Tyler Condry, Dyan Condry and Eric Broberg.

Inside the halls of St. Jude

Inside the halls of St. Jude.

So much effort is made to ensure the experience at St. Jude is unlike any other hospital. The halls and rooms are void of that common “hospital smell” and the walls are covered in fun and colorful murals.

ABCs of Cancer

Possibly the most emotional moment of the trip came when walking by the ABCs of Cancer where patients write about their journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Across from the ABCs is the KAY KAFE where patients and their families are able to go to eat world class food without having to spend a dime. Story after story about the the care and personalization of the food shows the great lengths the hospital goes to ensuring these children and their families are comfortable.

Paper Crafts

Later in the day after our tour, we spent time at the Target House where patients live while undergoing treatment. We all got pretty good at making paper air planes by the end, although I’m pretty sure Gavin’s flew the farthest!

After shooting pool, playing cards and singing karaoke it was time to leave and say goodbye to these brave kids. The experience was unforgettable and we all came away with admiration for the hospital for all that it provides for these families in need. For more information on St. Jude go to http://www.stjude.org/

Help us raise money for St. Jude this October-December, 2014 by purchasing Hammermill paper. SunDANCE is donating a dollar to St. Jude for every case of Hammermill Tidal MP sold till the end of the year. In addition Hammermill will be giving it’s annual donation of $250,000 to St. Jude for the 4th straight year.

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Meet Ian Support St. Jude with Hammermill

ianMeet Ian  6years old medulloblastoma

Ian was the family’s first grandchild, surrounded by love. He ran, played and filled his home with laughter. At first, when he began to stumble sometimes, his mom, Quimverly, chalked it up to normal childhood play. How could she know he had a brain tumor?

But a trip to the doctor and an MRI revealed the presence of a mass. Surgery to remove the tumor left him in a coma. For 19 heartbreaking days, Quimverly waited for her child to wake up. She researched the best place to treat her son. That search led her to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude has the largest pediatric brain tumor research program in the country and the world’s best survival rates.

At St. Jude, Ian was found to be suffering from medulloblastoma. He has received radiation therapy and chemotherapy. “St. Jude accepts children from all over the world,” said Quimverly. “We haven’t paid one penny, but we still receive the best treatment anyone could give us.”

Ian loves watching movies and playing with his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures. He also loves his hospital. “He thinks St. Jude is a pretty hotel where kids can run and play,” said Quimverly.

Story Source: http://www.tg.stjude.org/ian

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Meet Laila Support St. Jude with Hammermill

Meet Laila laila8 years old                    acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Laila is overcoming the biggest challenge of her life right now, but in many ways, she’s a normal little girl. “She’s very caring,” said Laila’s mother, Danielle. “She’s a great big sister to her little brother. She helps him with everything and tries to show him new things.”

Laila picks the brightest blue from her crayon box to color the sky for her picture. Her mother looks at her daughter and pauses.

“I’m just, I’m totally thankful for St. Jude, because it wasn’t for them, she may not be with us today.”

Laila clutches her crayon, imagines a perfect world and makes it come alive on paper. “She’s always been a creative child,” Danielle says. In Laila’s perfect world, there would be no cancer.

In April 2013, Laila’s back began to hurt. “You’d tell her to go put her pajamas on, and she’d cry,” says Danielle. “You’d tell her to brush her teeth, and she’d cry.” Her parents assumed it was growing pains. But soon she felt tired all the time, and her skin turned dramatically pale.

One day, within hours, her slight temperature shot up to 104 degrees, and she couldn’t walk. Her parents rushed her to the urgent care clinic, which ran numerous tests, including blood work.

“When he got those results back, he said the numbers just screamed that something was wrong,” says Danielle. The family was referred to St. Jude. Within 24 hours, Laila was found to be suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “It was lightning quick,” says Danielle, and Laila began a chemotherapy treatment plan at St. Jude.

Laila’s parents learned they would never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. “If we had to pay for all her medication and everything out of pocket, it would be financially devastating for our family,” says Danielle.

Despite the medical treatment, St. Jude is a happy place Laila likes to visit. “Everybody is upbeat, gives her high fives, asks her how her day is going and tells her that she’s beautiful,” says Danielle.

Story Source: http://www.tg.stjude.org/laila