Over the weekend, I had the eye-opening experience of accompanying my dad to Memphis, where he played a songwriter’s benefit show for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.¬†I always knew they were a hospital with an incredible mission, but I had no idea the extent of their above-and-beyond generosity and¬†progressiveness. In 1962 when St. Jude’s was founded, the survival rate for children with cancer was four percent; today it’s 96. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by charities and statistics, but it’s so important to be involved and aware — no matter how insignificant one single person or contribution may feel. That’s what I have to keep reminding myself, anyway. Baby steps lead somewhere!


On another note, I’m over on Freunde von Freunden today! Working with them has been such a pleasure. Take a peek here.

*Gorgeous peony crown by floral genius Nathalie Rumph.

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  1. So well said, Olivia. Giving back, in any way, makes such a difference, even if it is just widening our own perspective! xo

  2. I had the great pleasure of visiting St Jude in October on behalf of the company I work for. When you realize the magnitude of what that hospital has accomplished it is definitely moving. It was an experience I will certainly never forget.

  3. From experience, I must agree. Even spending a quarter of an hour in a hospital can open the eyes of many. I was entirely changed after an entire month in hospital.

  4. Sounds like a great experience with your father!

    Did you and your mom end up going to the inauguration?

  5. Oh, wow! What a wonderful father you have. I love that he did that. I was born & raised in memphis and St. Jude is such a fantastic place. So inspiring & I love that your father done something so special to have shared his music for such a wonderful place.

    God bless!!