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St. Jude 2007 Honoree

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St. Jude Dream Home 2007 Honoree J.P. Jarratt

Stacy Case

   Little J.P. fought his cancer with all he had, spending two Christmases in the hospital.  For 15 months, the Middle Tennessee boy battled back against the rare and deadly bone cancer, Ewing Sarcoma.

   Since it's rare, there has not been a push for more advanced treatments, but pioneering research only at St. Jude has now pushed the survival rate for JP's type of cancer from just 5% when the hospital first opened in 1962 up to 65% today. 

   J.P.'s dad, Chris Jarratt says, "That's really what St. Jude is all about is finding cures where big corporations aren't the driving force behind it. It's the love of these children. This particular disease is super rare.  It's super deadly. They had some things they wanted to try. We partook in them. I think we helped advance the research of this disease."

   JP, was diagnosed at age seven. He had surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants.  Unfortunately,  he lost his fight at age nine.

   The Jarratt family decided one of the best ways to help heal after JP's devastating loss was to ay involved with St. Jude.  They let  St. Jude and Southern Land Company  build the 2007 Dream Home in his  memory.  It raised a million and a half dollars for research and treatment.  Research St. Jude then willingly shares with the world.

    You can visit the St. Jude Dream Home in Carother's Cove at Ladd Park in Franklin every day the week of June 16 through Saturday June 21.  Take the Peytonsville Road exit off  I-65 and follow the St. Jude signs.   Fox 17 is giving away the home live on air Sunday beginning at 6pm.  Get your St. Jude Dream Home ticket for just $100 for your chance to win the beautiful home and 19 other prizes.

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