JEEP FOR ST. JUDE
Jeep for St. Jude is committed to raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We thank you in advance for your support. Together, we will be on the trail to saving children's lives!
How Did We Get Here?
In 2013 my brother's company, Rice's Tree Service, started working with the local Country radio station, WGAR. Because of that station, he became involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the holiday radiothon. My brother wrote a check for each of his employees to be Partners In Hope for a year, and we went in to the station to present the check. We then met the local SJCRH representative and were told of a local boy and his "story". Of course, all of the children's stories are moving but for some reason this one pulled on our heartstrings.
The little boy's name is Carson Higgins. Because of his story, we decided we just had to "do more". So for 2 years, 2014 and 2015, Rice's raffled off Jeeps to benefit SJCRH. They held side raffles, went to multiple venues, traveled around Ohio and we all wore ourselves out. But, we had a purpose and a goal. We loved what we were doing. And at the end of it, each year, the winning Jeep tickets were pulled by Carson. He touched my soul and gave me the drive to keep going even when my own health issues put me in the hospital after our last event. His spirit and smile were just completely uplifting.
Carson's story is the reason I decided to do this. I was drained after the last event. But, at the end of everything his smile made you realize the why of it all. No child should have to have to go through what he had gone though. But he HAD gone through more than SO many and he still had that smile. So, why can't WE adults be like that? We can take a lot of lessons from his story and his strength... from ALL of the children with cancer. If you don't want to donate or help us on our journey, at the very least, read his story and take something from that. I am going to go on and continue to hold his strength in my soul as long as I can. Thank you for that, Carson. The day I met you, was one of the best days for my soul. Because of you, Jeep for St. Jude is now possible. I thank God for bringing you into my life every day. As you have given me more strength than you could ever imagine.
With sadness in my heart, I have to say, Carson passed away less than a month after we were granted our 501c3 status. The government chose to backdate our status to when I filed in 2015. Everything we donate to St. Jude Children's Research Children's Research Hospital will be made in honor of Carson Higgins and his family. They all inspired us through their faith and positivity. PLEASE take the time to read his story at carsonstrong.org
When I decided to start this non-profit and not run things through Rice's anymore, I did reach out to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital branch here in Ohio. We already had a close relationship due to all we had been doing for them. I received a letter of full support. All of the proceeds that we raise as Jeep for St.Jude WILL go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We will just try to mix things up and do some fun and new things... yes, most will be Jeep related, some raffle items will be signed by Country music artists as we LOVE our stations here as they our such huge supporters of SJCRH as well. But, you don't have to be a Jeep owner, or Country music lover to enjoy what we do. You just have to want to help find a cure for the kids.
We look forward to having you with us "on the trail to saving children's lives"!