MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Brooks Koepka won the World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational, but the real winners are the hundreds of patients who will benefit from donations raised this weekend.
A couple who opens their home to friends and St. Jude Children’s Hospital donors raised over $1 million.
“They’re so appreciative, but they need us so much,” said Dan Mullally, who is FedEx’s Senior Vice President of Sales. “Even though we’ve improved the cure rate so well, we still have children that are in trouble.”
Dan and his wife Shirley Mullally began hosting St. Jude fundraising parties in 2009. Attendees to the party got a front view of TPC Southwind’s 18th hole.
“This year we’re going to announce that they’ve exceeded more than $1 million raised through this event, and it helps ensure that no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude,” shared Rick Shadyac, President and CEO of ALSAC.
Mullally says they’re blessed to be able to give back.
“You see the progress they make, and they’re walking around the house and meeting people and they’re hugging,” said Mullally. “You’re just like my money is being put to good use.”
He’s known Allie Allen, who has brain cancer, since she was 10.
“They found a new type of brain cancer, and that’s what I currently have right now,” said Allen. “Since St. Jude is so awesome, I’m still here and I’m celebrating every day that I’m alive.”
She credits families like the Mullallys for their commitment to St. Jude.
“We give thanks to the donors, because they’re the reason why St. Jude is able to save so may lives, just like mine,” said Allen.