St. Jude Dream Home - Meet Charlotte

Two years ago, Charlotte was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and spent four months in treatment at St. Jude.

Posted: Jun 10, 2020 10:27 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2020 9:24 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Thursday, June 11 is the big day!

The 2020 St. Jude Dream Home giveaway officially kicks off.

Your contributions fund life-saving treatment for children during their darkest hours.

Kids like 8-year-old Charlotte from Ridgeland, Mississippi.

"I like to do Legos, draw and do art," Charlotte, a St. Jude patient, said.

At first glance, Charlotte is your typical 8-year-old girl. But two years ago, this energetic little girl was in the fight for her life.

"One day I noticed some little bruising like type spots on Charlotte's hip and I thought they looked kind of weird," Ashley, Charlotte's mother, said.

Those weird spots landed them at Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson. 

"They did a bone marrow biopsy. Then by that Wednesday, I believe, they diagnosed her with very severe aplastic anemia. She needed a bone marrow transplant," Ashley said.

Their world was flipped upside down.

And after a few days in Jackson, the family headed to St. Jude.

"From the moment we walked in the door, we felt like family. Everyone there treated us like they had known us forever, It's filled with hope and happiness," Ashley said. 

Charlotte's treatment lasted four months, and during that time, she made a very special friend, nurse Traci.

"She gave me this friendship bracelet last time I went. When I was in the hospital she came and built Legos with me," Charlotte said. 

And even when Charlotte goes for checkups, Traci is there at her side.

"Sometimes she's not working, but she comes anyway," Charlotte said.

And they can't imagine a world without St. Jude.

"Everyone there, they are just absolutely amazing. They all have hearts of gold. When you donate to St. Jude, you're not just helping St. Jude, you're helping the world," Ashley said. 

You can help more children like Charlotte by reserving your ticket in the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

And you can get your ticket starting June 11, during WTVA 9 News at 4 p.m.

There are 11,000 tickets available, but if you get your ticket Thursday, you'll be entered to win an 8 x 12 Derksen utility building from Walton's Greenhouse.

You can find more details on the home, prizes, sponsors and HOW TO GET YOUR TICKETS here.

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