MY TURN: Incredible donation serves as important reminder

WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith
WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

James Rowe of Hornbeck, Louisiana was not a wealthy man, but this week, he and his family were able to make a massive contribution to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Rowe wasn't there to present the check.  He and his wife, Linda, died in an explosion at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas two years ago.

His daughter, Eva, sued BP and as part of a settlement with the company she was able to extract charitable contributions totaling $38 million.  One million of that is going to St. Jude, which was her dad's favorite charity.

Eva Rowe said her family was really poor when she was growing up, but she remembers the time that they spent doing bike-a-thons and other fund raisers for St. Jude.

James Rowe's dedication to St. Jude Children's Hospital serves as a great reminder for all of us that one person really can make a positive difference in the lives of many other people.  It also reminds us that that's what the people at St. Jude do every day.

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