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Story of Hope: Satchel

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Satchel Dahl was a senior in high school, enjoying spring break, getting ready for the prom and graduation, when his life turned upside down.  He was suffering from severe headaches and was diagnosed with a pinched nerve.  The headaches continued so he went for a CT scan.  

"{I} had a CT done and they fund a mass the size of a grape", explains Satchel. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor just weeks from his high school graduation.  "I was pretty scared, I am not going to lie, I didn't really know what to do, but the only thing I knew I could do was to get through it."

Satchel immediately headed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.  "I knew that was the place I needed to be because they were going to help me they were going to save me."

When he arrived, things moved quickly and the staff was there at every turn to guide and comfort Satchel and his family through this difficult journey, including some rough spots when it came to his radiation treatment.  

"As soon as they turned it on, it fired every nerve in my body and I thought I was dying", said Satchel.  He made it through those treatments and was able to make his high school prom and graduation.

"I'm doing great. It definitely changed my life. It definitely changed the way I thought about everything. It definitely motivated me to do better", said Satchel.  He says St. Jude played a major role in getting back on the road to good health.  

That's why he says it is so important for people to support efforts like the St. Jude Dream Home fundraiser.  It takes $2 million a day to run St. Jude and families never have to worry about getting a bill. Satchel says, "It's extremely important for people to help out, people will go out of their way to help." 

Satchel is now a rising senior at UTC and even more important, he's in remission and on his way to a hole-in-one for a bright and healthy future.

You can help support St. Jude's mission by purchasing a ticket at the Tennessee locations of Regions Bank for a chance to win the St. Jude Dream Home.  You can also buy a ticket online or by calling 1-800-750-6962.
 
Tickets will be available at the home this weekend during the grand opening.   The home will be open Saturday and Sunday (May 16-17) from noon to 5pm for tours. The home is in the Castlgate subdivision off Givens Road in East Brainerd.  The address is 8225 Knotting Wood Way.

Nearly 5,900 tickets have already been bought leaving about 2,000 available for purchase.  Last year's campaign sold out one month before the giveaway so get your soon.  

If you purchase a ticket by Sunday, June 7, you will also qualify for a chance to win the bonus prize - a seven night stay in a luxurious rental home in Hilton Head, SC, courtesy of Brand Mortgage.

The Dream Home will be given away June 28th, 2015.

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