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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brad Pitt's family donates to Missouri hospital's cancer ward

Brad Pitt's family is donating $1,000,000 to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, MO to help open a new pediatric cancer wing in honor of their mom, Jane Pitt. The Pitts grew up in Springfield, MO, making this a natural thing to do to honor their mom's "passion for children's issues".

In the interest of 'six degrees of separation", I am a Missourian by birth, and used to drive a truck through Springfield, MO in the 80's. It just could be that a young boy played out in his yard with his siblings and saw my truck drive by, which somehow inspired him to become an actor...hey, it could have happened that way! (Ok, probably not - he's only a couple of years younger than I am.) Seriously, I give tours to young students from the 4th grade on up at our university, and we talk about the brass plaques on the walls and doors, and all the buildings named after someone. It is a great thing to give back to your community once you find yourself having 'arrived' in your profession. Only half-joking, I usually say that the first million is yours; the second million is for you to give back to the place that supported your growth into the person you became, as you see fit. Congratulations to the Pitts giving back in such a meaningful way to the community that supported their growth.

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