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Signal Mountain nurse makes weekly commute to St. Jude in Memphis

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Patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis come from all across the world and so do the nurses and doctors.

In fact, one nurse makes the 350 mile, 6-hour commute from Chattanooga to Memphis every week to help sick cancer patients.

"I can't leave St. Jude. I just can't. It's where I'm supposed to be, and we'll just commute as long as we have to," said Teresa Neal.

Neal has been working four, 10 hour shifts each week at St. Jude for the past five years. She commutes back and forth from her home on Signal Mountain where she stays on the weekends. She says she grows close to her patients and they keep her coming back each week for work in the hospital's brain tumor clinic.

"I have an affinity for the teenagers just because they can tell you what they need. They can tell you that they're scared, they can tell you that they're hurting, they can tell you what they need," she said. "I just can't imagine them needing something that we can't provide. I mean we can't take away their grief and we can't take away their pain but we can at least give them one good day at a time."

Neal's patients and their families never have to pay a bill thanks to fundraisers like the St. Jude Dream Home. Tickets are sold out for this year's home in the Castlegate subdivision and the winner will be picked live Sunday on Channel 3.


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