Last week I had another amazing evening at the St. Jude Call to Service event hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. This is my third year attending and it gets better and better every time. Each year we meet an amazing St. Jude patient and hear their story. Then we enjoy the musical sounds of amazing artist like Kelly Price, Regina Belle, and this year Raheem Devaughn.
Each year I always wrestle over what I am going to wear. The Divine Nine show up and show out in their finest threads. So I must come to play. This look was an oldie but a goodie.
They had St. Jude patient signs at the outside entrance of The Hamilton LIVE on 14th Street, NW in Washington, DC. This was so smart because folks walking by could see and read the signs and be moved to donate. Yes to the marketing department.At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Dallas is being treated for familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and Gardner syndrome, which he inherited from his father. FAP is an inherited disorder characterized by cancer of the colon, while Gardner syndrome is a form of FAP characterized by multiple colorectal polyps and various types of tumors, both cancerous and noncancerous. The type of tumors Dallas has are noncancerous.
Dallas has undergone two surgeries to remove tumor growth. When he was 7 years old, Dallas began taking oral chemotherapy to keep the tumors stable. Around this time, his father passed away from complications due to Gardner syndrome.
During Dallas’ most recent visit to St. Jude, he stopped taking oral chemotherapy, and his care team is determining future treatment options, including surgery to remove tumor growth, intravenous chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. He’s being monitored for FAP and has already begun to undergo yearly colonoscopies.
Despite the challenges Dallas faces, he’s an outgoing and funny kid. He loves telling jokes and solving riddles. “Dallas has a lot of love for God,” Tekia said. “He’s given Dallas strength and he’s just so positive.” Dallas loves coming to St. Jude and always makes sure to visit his nurses.Dallas’ mom Tekia shared a heartfelt version of their experience with St. Jude. It made you proud that St. Jude was such a savior for them, and sad because this disease is so intense. Both Dallas’ father and grandfather died in their 30’s from the same cancer. She shared that Dallas has tumors in his gums that are preventing his adult teeth from coming in. When Tekia learned she’d never receive a bill from St. Jude, she said a burden was lifted. “We’re free to worry about getting Dallas well,” she said. To help give back, Dallas’ family has formed a St. Jude Heroes team. “I know because of St. Jude, we’re going to be taken care of,” said Tekia. “On days when Dallas is so sick and I am so weary, I know because of St. Jude, we’ll be okay. For me, St. Jude is a manifestation of God’s love in action.”
R&B singer and philanthropist Raheem Devaughn took the stage with Wes Felton.
He tore it up, yall missed it. I’ve been a fan for a long time, so this was perfect.
I came, I gave, I laughed, I sang, I did an interview, enjoyed the food and added another good night to the books.
Thank you to everyone for the support, I appreciate it. You can still help me reach my goal St. Jude Team Mimi’s Cuties and you can do it with me in DC September 29th to walk/run.
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This sounds like it was a great event. Dallas is a strong kid too.
He really is, I pray that things get better for him.
Sheena Steward says
I feel like I’ve been on this St Jude journey with you. This interview was dope and it was great that he was so candid and open. Keep doing what you’re doing Mimi it’s truly inspiring. ❤️
Awww thanks, taking folks on this journey with me was exactly what I wanted. I love that he was open, those are the type of interviews you hope to get. Thanks for supporting me.
What an awesome young man. Something tells me he’s going to get those wishes. Thanks for sharing another one of your great evenings with us!
I pray that he does Stacie, I really do.
This event looked like an amazing event. I hollered THANK YOU JESUS when I read the part that they will never receive a bill, that’s truly awesome because hospital bills are SERIOUS!!! Your outfit is pretty!
Girl! Listen, the way medical bills are set up and I know you know. That is indeed worthy of a THANK YOU JESUS!
I really need to look into St. Jude events in and around Atlanta. I want to support St. Jude in service. Also, Raheem DeVaughn is one of my favorites. This interview was great and I am here for him even more.
Check them out, they should have a local office in Atlanta. They have incredible events, and they are always looking for people to help share their message.
This made me love Raheem even more.
Elle (CleverlyChanging) says
Each year I look forward to learning more about what St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is doing to make a difference in our community. I love that so much attention and care goes towards the Sickle Cell community.
Yes, the crazy thing is a lot of folks still don’t know that St. Jude treats Sickle Cell.
Praying for Dallas. What a brave little boy. And it’s so awesome to see Raheem Devaughn, and so many artists giving of their time to support such note-worthy causes.
Dallas was amazing, despite his medical concerns he still finds joy. I adore that about him.
Yes, I adore celebs even more when they give back.
God bless Dallas. Kids are amazing man. His spirit is such an encouragement.
I freaking loved his spirit.