"It’s come to my attention that most of you hate my current hairstyle."
OK, some of money is going to St Jude, but it still looks disgusting.
Managing the emotions that come with this job -- the highs and the lows -- is difficult, and was even before I had a daughter at home. Some nights, I hug my husband and my daughter extra tight.
While news that your child has a malignant brain tumor remains a life-altering, frightening event, there is renewed reason for hope.
Despite submitting what I thought was a quality, 3-minute video worthy of catching the eyes of the CBS producers, we were rejected from the show--not once, not twice, but a whooping three times.
In the few years that have passed since we became a St. Jude patient family, our daughter's health has been restored. Her tumor has been significantly diminished and she has been able to lead a fairly normal life, enjoying her childhood like any child should.
Our gratefulness for everything that St. Jude had done for us could not be understated. That is why, when we heard that the hospital is the primary benefitting charity for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon, we felt like we had found an opportunity to give back.
Today I want to introduce you to Paishence, a beautiful nine-year-old girl with a smile that could melt the icecaps. She's a patient at St. Jude and a part of our annual Thanks and Giving campaign, and her incredible and moving story is one of several we've been featuring on the TODAY show this week.