The first full day of Brizo's Blogger 19 Reunion saw us at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude treats an average of 7800 patients a year at its Memphis campus. Though the hospital's daily operating expenses top $1.7 million, no family ever sees a bill. The costs are primarily covered by public contributions.
Brizo is a charity partner of St. Jude and a national sponsor of the hospital's Dream Home Giveaway. Each year around the nation several homes are built with help from local builders and leading manufacturers and then raffled off to benefit St. Jude. Since 2010, Brizo has supplied kitchen and bath fixtures for the Dream Homes.
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Brizo wanted us to have the opportunity to tour St. Jude and learn more about the hospital's research and treatment programs.
After breakfast and an introduction in the beautiful Danny Thomas/ASLAC Pavillion, we began our tours.
Creating a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment is paramount to the St. Jude design team. Murals depicting children playing and the seasons changing decorate nearly every public space.
Bright, cheerful colors can be found everywhere including this wall of ice cream flavors in the food hall. Patients' artwork is showcased throughout the campus.
After our tour, we had the privilege of meeting some of St. Jude's patients and their families. Fun was had by all with kid-focused activities like furnishing a special Brizo dollhouse topped with a swanky rooftop pool.
We then headed to Target House, a long-term stay community for families of patients whose treatments last more than 90 days. 96 fully-furnished two-bedroom apartments are linked by large, homey communal rooms, many with furnishings donated by celebrities.
This family room just off the Target House entrance was created by snowboarder Shaun White and his interior designer brother.
The Amy Grant music room also features tiered lounge seating based on a room in the singer's own home.
Country singer Brad Paisley and his actress wife Kimberly Williams donated a cowboy-themed TV room.
We wrapped our tour in front of Target House's elephant fountain. I can't say enough about how moving this day was. At times, it was incredibly difficult to keep it together. The St. Jude kids showed each of us how to live each day with courage and hope.
All photos provided by Brizo, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Nicole Zeigler of Enzy Design, and yours truly.
Disclaimer: Brizo paid for my airfare and all travel expenses for this trip.