Tickets on sale for St. Jude dream home giveaway in Lexington

Tickets on sale for St. Jude dream home giveaway in Lexington
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 11:45 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - WKYT is partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their dream home giveaway in Lexington.

You have the chance to buy a ticket to win a brand new home in Lexington and help out a really great cause at the same time. The tickets are on sale now. They are $100 apiece.

WKYT’s Amber Philpott recently traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to visit St. Jude to learn about the amazing work they do each day and why the dollars they raise through the dream home giveaway are critical to making sure that lifesaving works continues.

From the outside St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a sprawling campus, but it’s the work being done on the inside that is not only life changing, but lifesaving.

“One of my favorite sayings is that there are great hospitals and there are great research institutions and there are great charities and St. Jude is all three,” said Emily Hines.

22-year old Emily Hines owes her life to St. Jude.

In 2016, a junior in high school Emily wasn’t feeling herself, and some routine testing led to a terrifying discovery.

“I went to my local children’s hospital and within 48 hours of my diagnosis I was flown here to Memphis, TN. I had a very rare type of leukemia called acute promyelocytic leukemia,” said Hines.

Her prognosis wasn’t good.

“Typically patients with my leukemia pass away within the first 5-10 days of diagnosis,” said Hines.

At St. Jude, the mission for the last 60 years has been leading the way in helping to treat and cure childhood cancer.

Founder Danny Thomas believed that no child should die in the dawn of life.

Since first opening its doors in 1962 St. Jude has helped improved the survival rate of childhood cancer from 20 percent to 80 percent.

Emily is one of those patients who had a team of doctors working to find a cure.

The treatment for her cancer was traditionally 2- 3 years, but advancements at St. Jude changed that.

“My doctor was telling me about this new protocol that I would be back to normal in 8-9 and that was my cure and I have been in remission ever since,” said Hines.

One of the things that sets St. Jude a part in its mission of not only treating, but ending childhood cancer is that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude.

And that’s where this year’s Lexington Dream Home comes in.

This year’s dream home is being built in The Home Place subdivision off Polo Club Boulevard in Hamburg. The 2,600 square foot home being built by DB Homes has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and is expected to be compete this fall.

The Dream Home Giveaway is one of the largest fundraising programs for St. Jude each year. While Lexington is a long way from Memphis, it’s this house and the dollars raised through the Dream Home Giveaway that ensures the mission of St. Jude continues for patients like Emily Hines and others.

“You are creating these opportunities through these donations, it’s a gift that lasts a lifetime really, because now because of donations I get to go live a full life,” said Hines.

The drawing for the Lexington Dream Home is October 13.

We will have updates on the house over the next several weeks.

And remember the earlier you buy your ticket the more prizes you are eligible for.

WKYT is teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Hospital for its upcoming dream home giveaway.  The...
WKYT is teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Hospital for its upcoming dream home giveaway. The groundbreaking for that home, right here in Lexington, took place Wednesday morning.(DB Homes)

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