SOUTHERN LIVING, ST JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL AND FONTANEL WELCOME MAE MCNALLY, ST. JUDE AMBASSADOR TO THE 2013 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN NASHVILLE, TN
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Memphis, TN, New York, NY and Nashville, TN – Six-year-old St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® patient Mae McNally will act as the St. Jude ambassador by tracking the development of the 2013 Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel. Her first visit to the house was Friday, April 19th, when she and her Mom and sisters toured the home.
Mae, who was born in Nashville, was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a cancer of the kidney, when she was just four years old. Mae’s family initially sought treatment at a local hospital. When her cancer returned Mae’s family came to St. Jude where children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases are treated with pioneering research and exceptional care. After undergoing extensive treatment Mae has recently been deemed cancer-free and was able to return home.
“I loved everything about the house”, said Mae. “But my favorite was the secret room. It has a sliding door, so you don’t even know the room is there, and a BIG wall space where if I designed it, I would put a BIG TV. A table would go in the middle for the popcorn, and a refrigerator by the couch for the cokes. Then we’d watch our favorite movies.”
When Mae was a patient at St. Jude one of her favorite activities was art. She thought it would be pretty cool if she asked the current patients at St. Jude to think about what their dream home would look like, and ask them to draw a picture of it, and maybe hang that art on the walls at the Idea House. The idea took hold with St. Jude, Southern Living, and Fontanel. The request will be made by Mae via her St. Jude partners, and all patient artwork will be framed, with a plaque below it stating their name and age, and adorn the walls of the Southern Living Idea House Resource Center, where visitors gather more information about everything used to build and decorate it, inside and out.
In true Fontanel style as home to some of the best songwriting in Nashville, one of the tour guides of the property Steven Whitson, also a local singer/songwriter participated in the tour for the family, and dedicated a recently written sing to Mae titled “Fly With Wings.” She and her sisters enjoyed the serenade and loved the attention.
“As a St. Jude parent I greatly appreciate Southern Living helping spread awareness and raise funds for their lifesaving work,” said Tricia McNally. “Mae definitely has strong design opinions. She loves a lot of purple and glitter, but I know that she will help infuse the house with some special St. Jude spirit and remind the people visiting of the good work they’re supporting.”
“Partnering with Southern Living on this exciting project, allows an opportunity for the public to help more patients like Mae receive treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – where no family ever pays the hospital for anything,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Mae, whose charming personality and infectious joy make her a great fit for this project; will serve as a tangible link at the Idea House to the many children receiving groundbreaking treatment at St. Jude.”
Southern Living assembled a first-rate team for the project. The developer is Fontanel Properties LLC. The architects are the renowned firm Historical Concepts. The builder is Castle Homes and the landscaping is done by Page/Duke Landscape Architects. The décor is designed by interior designer and Southern Living Contributing Editor Phoebe Howard.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
About Southern Living
Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel. Reaching more than 16 million consumers each month, Southern Living connects consumers with the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. Time Inc. is a Time Warner company.
Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell, and is Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, giving visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats. The home, situated on the 136 acre property is nestled in the rolling hills of the Whites Creek Valley. With the 2013 Southern Living Idea House under construction, the Woods Amphitheater concert series, events and activities at the Pepsi Studio Gallery, the award winning American/Italian kitchen and wine bar at Cafe Fontanella, family friendly atmosphere, and activities like the Prodigy Signature Disc Golf Course, and bike and walking trails using the soon to be completed conservation greenway, it is easy to see that Fontanel is become one of Nashville's premier destinations. We are located in Whites Creek just minutes from downtown Nashville. For more information or to book a private event, visit www.fontanelmansion.com or call 615/724-1600. Unlike other Southern Living Idea Houses, this home will remain on the Fontanel property and will later open as a luxury boutique hotel. For more information, go to: southernliving.com/2013ideahouse
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