Enter to win a dream vacation AND support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Sounds like a win-win to me. After all, St. Jude is an incredibly worthy charity: the research hospital is at the forefront of discovering cutting-edge treatments to cure childhood cancer. In the last 50 years, scientists there have developed treatments that have helped to increase the childhood cancer survival rate from 20 to 80 percent. Their new goal? Increase that number to 90 percent. Also, families of young patients who are undergoing cancer treatments at St. Jude do not pay a cent for their care. St. Jude’s operating budget — both for cancer research and patient treatment — relies on public donations from regular folks like us.
Expedia (for whom I contribute to the Expedia Viewfinder blog) is a longtime supporter of St. Jude, but the travel company shines a spotlight on the charity this month because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This means, Expedia has rallied a bunch of their partners to give away an incredible 150 trips around the world.
Expedia is asking for a donation of just $5 per entry to win a trip. Sure, you can enter to win a vacation without donating, but I’d like to think each one of us can give up, say, that $5 latte this week to help support such a worthy cause. If all entrants donate $5 – imagine how much money we’ll raise for St. Jude!
A couple of my fellow Expedia Viewfinder bloggers have already highlighted some of the 30 incredible “Dream Trips” available for the winning: five days in an overwater bungalow at Le Meridian Bora Bora, with a credit for airfare; a four-night stay at Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani, with a four-course dinner and a couple of massages, as well as a three-night stay at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas that includes a helicopter flightseeing adventure.
I’ve got my eye on this Dream Trip: the Vail Townhome Getaway: five nights in a three-bedroom townhome at the Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort with a $500 Visa gift card to spend on skiing, dining, spa treatments or other fun adventures and activities at Vail. With three bedrooms for spreading out, the winner has plenty of room to enjoy the luxe accommodations at this top-notch Colorado ski resort. You have until November 21, 2014, to use the prize, so if you win, you might even consider a vacation in Vail next summer — my favorite season in the Colorado Rockies, for sure!
I hope you’ll join me in donating to St. Jude for a chance to win some amazing prizes. A couple other ways to participate: donate $25 and earn a “20% off coupon” for hotel bookings on Expedia’s mobile app OR a “10% off coupon” for Expedia.com online hotel bookings. Or, if you’re an Expedia Rewards member, you can donate the value of your Rewards points to St Jude.
The best part: 100 percent of all donations we make go directly to St. Jude. There are no overhead or administrative costs skimmed off the top. When you donate $5, that $5 will go into the research, programming and care at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
I’m off to make my donation now. After all, in an ideal world, no child should die in the dawn of life.