The stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper recently made a pretty cool visit to a Memphis children’s hospital – and they brought a pretty amazing gift.
Chip and Joanna Gaines visited the St. Jude’s Target House to reveal a new playhouse and present a $1.5 million check for the kids of the hospital according to KVUE.
“Cancer is ugly and it is mean and it doesn’t fight fair. This has gotten extremely personal.”
According to People Magazine, Chip vowed earlier in the month to support “those who are fighting for just one more day” by creating the #ChipInChallenge where he would match any donations made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
He also matched donations to the foundation of friend Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald whose battle with salivary gland and thyroid cancer had taken a devastating turn and she was soon sent home for hospice care.
“More than 10 years ago, my friend was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer. I understand that Gabe is not a patient at @StJude, but right now, she is fighting for her life,” Chip wrote on Instagram. “Cancer is ugly and it is mean and it doesn’t fight fair. This has gotten extremely personal.”
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More than 10 years ago, my friend @gigrunewald was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer. I understand that Gabe is not a patient at @StJude, but right now, she is fighting for her life. Cancer is ugly and it is mean and it doesn’t fight fair. This has gotten extremely personal.. so here’s what I’m going to do about it: I want us to hit that $500K mark by midnight tonight. So I will be personally matching all #ChipInChallenge donations made between now and midnight. ON TOP OF THAT, I’ll also be matching that amount in the form of a donation to the #BraveLikeGabe Foundation, in Gabe’s honor. That is 3x the power of your generosity in the fight against cancer.. and all YOU need to do is donate whatever you can to the #ChipInChallenge (link in bio) between now and midnight CT. I’ll take care of the rest. Together, we’re going to fight for those who are fighting for just one more day. This is for those precious kids at St. Jude.. we are pulling for you! And to my beautiful friend Gabe.. we love you and we are here for you every step of the way.
In the time since Chip started the challenge, his friend has already passed, to which he left a short but heartfelt message: “RIP my friend.”
But also in that time, many people donated in her honor, according to People, including Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and Kacey Musgraves.