"This is when I was first admitted in 1968," says Chuck Davis.
Davis of Pulaski is an original St. Jude patient.
"My patient number is 1282," says Davis.
To date, the research hospital has seen over 33,000 children.
"I'm in remission at this point," says Davis.
Back then, Chuck was a sick little 7 year old with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. When actor Danny Thomas first opened the hospital, the cure rate of ALL, Chuck's cancer, was just 4%. Today, the survival rate is 94%!
"Doctors told my parents at that time that I had a life expectancy of 2 months to 2 years," says Davis.
Doctors also told him he'd likely never be able to have children.
"I've got a beautiful daughter," says Davis. "She's 23. She works in Nashville for an attorney. Had a great Father's Day with her."
He met Danny Thomas on many occasions, and after his death, Thomas' daughter Marlo asked Chuck personally to continue the fight.
"She said 'Chuck, you know it was my dad's dream to one day find a cure for childhood cancer, and even though he's left us now, I want you to continue to carry out his work with your fundraising efforts.'" says Davis.
That's why Chuck called up FOX17 and offered to help with the St. Jude Dream Home Campaign.
"People tell me God has you here for a purpose," says Davis. "He has a reason for me being cured and I honestly believe that is it."
Chuck proudly wears the St. Jude Star of Hope everywhere he goes on his arm, along with a favorite scripture.
"Proverbs 3:5-6 states 'Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not into thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge Him and He will direct the paths.'" says Davis.
Chuck's spending the rest of his life helping the hospital that saved his. A walking, breathing, full of life example of the miracles that can happen here. You'll be glad to know Chuck will celebrate his 50th birthday this year. He has survived 3 subsequent bouts with cancer since childhood and is currently in remission from bladder cancer. He says he'd like to personally thank every one of you who's bought a St. Jude Dream Home ticket. You can visit the home in Franklin's Westhaven subdivision from 9am-9pm through Saturday. Call 1.800.746.6713 or click on the link to get your ticket now. We're giving away the Dream Home this Sunday LIVE on FOX17 at 6pm.
Wednesday, June 22 2011, 10:01 PM CDT
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