From St. Joe’s Special Needs Patient to Special Olympian

When 37-year-old special needs patient Everald Nelson came to St. Joe’s in 2020, his diabetes was spiraling out of control and the damage to his kidneys caused him to go into renal failure.  For patients like Everald, being taken out of their daily routine and dealing with an unfamiliar environment can be especially difficult, so…

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43 Years of Devotion to Giving Back

Stuart Crook was proud to serve the U.S. military for twenty years protecting our country. He was an E6 sergeant in the Air Force before finding his home at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Stuart always has been a natural giver, especially in the military, where he started giving back to the combined federal funding campaign. He…

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Breast Cancer Survivor Helping Others Be Victorious in Their Own Fight

As a fitness instructor, Shawn Becklund has always been passionate about keeping herself and others healthy through proper diet and exercise. So, in 2015, after a routine mammogram eventually led to a breast cancer diagnosis, the mother of two admits to being more than a little surprised, sharing, “I was 45-years-old and in the best…

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A Ray of Sunshine Shines Light on the Art of Giving Back

Raymond Rouch has been a Team Member of the St. Joseph Hospital for more than a quarter of a century. He is stationed at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a facilities coordinator. He observes the compassionate care every day that St. Joe’s prides itself on upholding. Raymond’s perception of St. Joe’s, however, goes much deeper than…

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“I’m One of St. Joe’s Biggest Fans”

In June of 2016, Justine Chambers’ morning started out like any other, until a call from her 9-year-old daughter’s school changed everything. “They told me Jennifer was having a seizure, but more like a staring trance that she wouldn’t come out of. I rushed to school not knowing what I would find when I got…

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Aubrey Gifts of Hope

When her granddaughter was undergoing cancer treatment at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital last year, Renee Payne was part of around-the-clock team of family and friends who made sure Aubrey never spent a moment alone during the week she was there. “It was devastating to see Aubrey in that hospital bed. One minute she was a…

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St. Joe’s Gave Hope to Aubrey Hope

“Your daughter has cancer.” When Lyndsi Hutson took her then 6-year-old daughter Aubrey to the doctor in April of 2020 because she was experiencing pain in her knee, she wasn’t too concerned. As a softball player Aubrey had her share of bumps and bruises, so when her doctor told her it was most likely growing…

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Chase’s Miraculous Journey is Music to Our Ears

Her daughter was a little over a year old when Alisha Harper was thrilled to learn she was expecting another baby. “We’d always wanted our kids to be close in age so while everyone else was a little shocked, our life was going exactly as we planned,” explains Alisha. Until it didn’t. When the hemorrhaging…

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