St. Jude Dream Home tickets help save children's lives - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

St. Jude Dream Home tickets help save children's lives

The 2016 dream home is under construction and will open for tours in May. (Source: WMC Action News 5) The 2016 dream home is under construction and will open for tours in May. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
St. Jude Dream Home 2015 (Source: St. Jude) St. Jude Dream Home 2015 (Source: St. Jude)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is taking over the WMC Action News 5 studios for one of the biggest fundraising campaigns of the year.

Tickets to win the 2016 St. Jude Dream Home went on sale Friday at 6 a.m. The goal is to sell out by the end of the day.

The first person to reserve a ticket was none other than Former WMC Action News 5 Chief Meteorologist Dave Brown!  The importance of St. Jude is not lost on Dave, and he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to reserve a ticket now that he no longer works for WMC.

"When I was a kid, little girl 7 years old, lived across the street from me, had leukemia. She died." Dave said. "There was no St. Jude. If that were to happen today, there's a very good chance that she would live a full life."

The Mid-South broke records last year with an early sell-out, so act fast or you could miss out!

Click here to see what the 2016 St. Jude Dream Home looks like.

Five-year-old patient Aaliyah Brown and her parents stopped by the studio to talk about their relationship with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Aaliyah's father said they thought she was healthy when she was born, but they later got a letter from St. Jude saying they needed to come in for an appointment. Aaliyah was diagnosed with sickle cell disease.

"St. Jude has been like a Godsend for us with our daughter's condition," said Aaliyah's father, Derrick Brown. "I mean, they've been more than just health care providers. They made us seem like they were our family and that her health was their number one priority."

WATCH: Tour the house with the builder.

Later, patient Ethan Washburn went to St. Jude in 2010. His mother said he had a sinus infection he just couldn't shake. When his doctor did a blood test, he discovered Ethan's blood cell count was perilously low. She said she had already called St. Jude, and they were waiting for him.

Ethan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. After three years of treatment, Ethan was in remission.

Joe Birch commented that ALL was a fatal disease in the 1960s when Danny Thomas started St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Now, it is very treatable.

Click here to buy your St. Jude Dream Home ticket, or call 1-800-224-6681.

"There's no better use of your dollars, and I know there's not as many dollars to go around these days, but if you're going to give to anything, it needs to be St. Jude," Ethan's father, Kevin Washburn, said. "When you do that, you literally are saving the lives of children and there's no better way to spend your money." 

When you reserve your $100 ticket Friday, you will also have the chance to win a few other prizes. Those who reserve their tickets Friday will be entered to win $2,500 in free gas, as well as season tickets to the Memphis Tigers basketball games.

The 2016 St. Jude Dream Home features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an upstairs media room, and 10-foot vaulted ceilings. It is not open to the public yet, but it is being built in a beautiful subdivision in Arlington, TN. Tours will begin May 14. The drawing will take place in June.

Chopper 5 flew over the dream home to get a unique view of the beautiful house. Click here to see it.

To learn more about the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, click here.

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