Carlsbad’s Give Thanks Walk For St. Jude’s

by The Editors on November 21, 2009

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Councilman Matt Hall with Joe Devins, Claire and her sister Amelia.

On November 21, 2009 Carlsbad was one of 40 communities around the US that took part in the Give Thanks Walk to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The walk was held at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real. TK Arnold was there and kind enough to contribute photos and the following details:

Carlsbad was selected in large part because of little Claire Devins, who was barely 2 when diagnosed in November 2006 with a deadly form of brain cancer with just a 10% survival rate. The doctors at Children’s Hospital in San Diego gave the Devins family–Joe, Liz and four other kids–little hope, but while at the mall to show Baby Claire what was then the new carousel she saw a sign for St. Jude.

The whole Devins family went to Memphis and stayed for six months while Claire underwent cancer treatment. She’s now cancer free and the whole family credits St. Jude with saving her life, all at no cost to the family. Lots of the Devins’ friends from the St. Patrick Parish School community came out to help with the walk, and Councilman Matt Hall came out to present Liz and her family with a proclamation from Mayor Bud Lewis declaring November 21 Claire Devins Day in the city of Carlsbad.

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