“My family and I are so fortunate to live here in Aspen. While I love seeing the spectacular vacation homes that dot the mountains, our life here is a bit more humble. For me, it is my family and the daily encounters with the natural beauty of Aspen that captures my heart and fills me with gratitude and appreciation.” ~ David Bull
Saint Jude Children’s Hospital
In my opinion, no cause is more important than giving a child a future. This is why I donate money every month and a portion of every sale goes to support St. Jude Research Hospital.
Founded in 1962 by Danny Thomas, this world renowned hospital in the past 50 years has literally saved thousands of children suffering from all kinds of childhood cancers. I am blessed to have a healthy six year old son and can only imagine the pain and fear that parents must feel in finding out their child has cancer. Yet St. Jude is one big reason parents can still feel hope for their child.
Parents magazine named St. Jude as one of the top children’s cancer care hospitals in the US. St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. During the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything! I know my humble donations are helping to make a major difference in the lives of children afflicted by cancer. www.stjude.org
Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project is a cause which is near and dear to my heart. We all may not agree on foreign policy, but the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of our service men and women is beyond debate. Thousands of troops have returned home from multiple deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many have suffered horrific injuries, both mental and physical.
Often their service has cost them not only their health, but their homes as well. Currently, one in five veterans is homeless. Twelve veterans a day commit suicide, partially because they do not receive the mental health support they need. The Veterans Administration is years behind in providing benefits for veterans who need help now. Thousands more will be returning from Afghanistan which will exacerbate the shortage of available help.
Helping these men and women is so very important to me, partially because I am an ‘army brat.’ I grew up on Army bases in Europe and in the US. My Dad served in Korea as a sergeant and in Vietnam as an officer. Fortunately, he came home in one piece and was able to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel, but was not spared the loss of many of his friends. To this day he will not talk with me about what he went through in Vietnam.
Our veterans need our help. They have sacrificed and given so much as human beings. In the cause of providing military service to the United States, they have lost arms and legs, their sight, their homes and in some cases their minds. I respect such sacrifice and commitment to duty and country. The sacrifices they have made deserve our help and support. This is why I donate to the Wounded Warrior Project each month and give this worthy cause a portion of each sale. www.woundedwarriorproject.org