When he was 13 years old, Arkansas state Rep. Dwight Tosh’s deteriorating health had been baffling doctors in Jonesboro for weeks. He had lost his ability to walk or stand on his own by the time he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and those taking care of him told his family to prepare for the worst. Then they heard about a newly opened facility in Memphis: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The year was 1962, and when Tosh was carried through the doors of St. Jude, he was the 17th patient to ever be admitted to the hospital. He was immediately started on an aggressive treatment plan.
While it has a high survival rate now, at the time, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was almost always fatal. Friday, Tosh was presented with a pin to mark a milestone for both him and the hospital: the first St. Jude patient to reach 60 years of survival post-treatment.
There are exceptions to the Dancing Monkey rule. Danny Thomas being one of them.
The other one would be Gary Sinise.
God bless them both and all who help with their good deeds.