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Celebrating Our $1 Million Donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

February 13th, 2013

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Yesterday, as President of Lion Brand, I had the honor of joining my cousin and EVP of our company, Dean Blumenthal and Vanna White, Lion Brand’s spokesperson, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to present a check representing donations of $1 million. When we first introduced the Vanna lines of yarns and Vanna shared her wish that we donate a portion of the proceeds to this fantastic cause, I had a dream to donate $1 million. Yesterday that dream became a reality.

$1 million dollar check

Pictured: Richard C. Shadyac Jr. (CEO, ALSAC), Dean Blumenthal (EVP/COO, Lion Brand),
Vanna White, and David Blumenthal (President/CEO, Lion Brand)

As the fourth generation in our family-owned business, we learned the importance of giving charity in both our business and personal lives from our parents. The opportunity to tour the St. Jude facility and learn more about what this amazing organization does was truly a highlight of my life.

We heard from one woman who survived leukemia when she was 10 years old. The survival rate was 4% at the time. Today, the survival rate for this type of leukemia is 92%, thanks to the cutting edge research and treatment that this organization provides. We saw the heartbreaking scene of small children who are being treated for cancer. We heard the extraordinary fact that no family every pays for anything related to the treatment of their child. Not only does St. Jude cover all the costs of medical treatment, but they take care of housing for the family and provide emotional support for the siblings and parents.

I knew that we were donating to a good cause, but it was humbling to see the human side of this organization. I was inspired by what can happen with vision.

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  • Betty Lewis

    Your company is an example of how all companies should be. I use your yarn exclusively and have spent many enjoyable hours knitting projects for various charities. It’s great to know that the proceeds from every purchase of my favorite (Vanna White) yarn is also being donated to a very worth cause. It is a pleasure in some small way to be associated with your good work!

  • sue04kids

    Great series!

  • Shar Holder

    I would also like to offer my thanks to your company and Vanna White for your donation. I live in Memphis and see first hand the wonderful strides the St. Jude organization makes. It is a truly wonderful place. Although it is a hospital it is a hopeful, up-lifting place.
    I am also pleased to know that proceeds from my purchases are going to such a worthy cause.

  • martha

    had i known your product was generating funds for my favorite charity i would have purchased so much more yarn andnow i thank you and god bless all of you for your efforts keep up the good work and i will buy more yarn

  • Taxandria

    This is fantastic and makes me feel really good about buying your yarn (how much of the cost of each ball/skein is donated, btw?). St Jude’s is such a worthy cause and they don’t turn familes away! A wonderful place to donate to for children in need. It’s been around a long time and I used to donate some of my allowance to St Jude’s every month when I was a child. I am going to start sending them a monthly donation again as you have reminded me of this wonderful cause.

  • Karen Holtmeyer

    Thank you for doing this! Family friends are currently going through cancer treatment for their
    two year old son who has cancer of the eye. It is heartbreaking what they are having to endure. I thank God for people like you who donate so that the research is being done to help these little ones!

    God bless!

  • SandyS

    Congratulations, more companies should take you and your company as an example of what good business really is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/analiza.habijan Analiza Habijan

    Congratulation everyone. Keep up the good work and God Bless. the family international songs

  • Julie

    I use Vanna’s yarn to crochet caps for the kids at St. Judes. Chemo causes hair loss and I hope the kids like my fun colored, kid friendly caps.

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Knowing you are supporting St. Jude will definitely influence my yarn purchases. Keep up the good work!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/normajean.tran Norma Jean Tran

    I just bought some Vanna’s Choice for an afghan I plan to make. It will be donated to a wonderful friend who will raffle it off for St. Jude’s as well. Bonus!

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  • Janet Simpson

    I don’t have a lot of money to share, but I do have goes to St. Jude. This is wonderful! Giving each child another chance at life.

  • Mag229

    I will be buying your yarn from now on… I just restarted knitting and will be doing caps for infants… I may expand to doing caps for St. Jude’s or other children’s hospitals. Thank you for your donation… and thank you Vanna for thinking of helping others… not just another pretty face.

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  • ms nan

    The little girl you see is my daughter Paishence. She had a wonderful experience with Vanna and so did I. She’s a very genuine woman! St. Jude is definitely a great place to donate to, my daughter benefits from your gifts 100%. Thank you all. Look at her now with hair and blowing bubbles!

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