A couple weeks ago, I told my 16 year old son that I was driving to Little Egg Harbor to participate in a "swabbing" - to hopefully find a bone marrow match for a girl with leukemia named Lauren.

"Why, do you know her?" he asked.

"No," I said. "I'm doing it because if it were you fighting a disease, I'd hope other people would volunteer to help you in any way they could."

Really, that's how I see the work being done at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.My kids don't immediately need the work being done at St. Jude, but, if they ever did, the help would be there. We never know who will need the help from cancer research - but, if one of our loved ones were in need, it would be there.

St. Jude not only treats children with cancer and other terrible diseases, they do extensive research and studies to find the best treatments and cures for these diseases. They also share the information - for free - to anyone and everyone. Chances are, if a child you know is treated at a local hospital for cancer, how that child is treated is based on research conducted at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Think of giving as an insurance policy. Even though your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews are healthy now - it may not always be the case. If you ever need their help, St, Jude Children's Research Hospital will be there.