For many people, seeing images of very sick children who are patients at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in Memphis, can be heartbreaking. Many people do not know what to do to help.
For Emma Gould, 10, of Curtice, those very same images proved to be inspiration for this young lady.
According to her grandmother, Barb Dille, of Curtice, Emma decided last year to raise money for the hospital by selling vegetables from Dille’s garden.
Emma Gould of Curtice, a 10 year old Lake student
“Last year was the first year she did this,” Dille said. “She wanted to have a lemonade stand at first. Then she asked me if she could sell vegetables from my garden. She raised $34 and sent it all to St. Jude.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened on February 4, 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. His daughter, Marlo Thomas, is the hospital’s outreach director.
The hospital’s mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
According to St. Jude, the hospital averages 7,800 active patients each year. Most importantly, no family ever pays for treatment which is funded largely through private donations.
Emma, a student at Lake Middle School, decided to raise money again this year.
Dille, who has four gardens on her property, allowed Emma to plant and pick vegetables from her 50’ by 140’ garden. The young lady sold everything from yellow squash and zucchini, to tomatoes, cabbage, corn, peppers, green beans and potatoes.
To go along with her vegetables, Emma also sold lemonade, cookies and brownies. All total, Emma raised $71.
“Seeing the little kids on TV just inspired her,” Dille said. “She just figured she could help the little kids at St. Jude. We are very proud of her.”
Dille said Emma has always been a child who has had a lot of empathy for others.
“Her best friend, Haley Pruitt, has heart issues,” Dille said. “Emma is always there to protect her and to look out for her. She is just an exceptional child. She has empathy and she really cares about how other people are doing and if they need help.”