Author Summer Nilsson donated copies of The Land of the Pines to the patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


Loodor was established to make a difference for kids. Through the Loodor Tales, we strive to spread a message of positivity and remind readers that they can become an example of what’s possible.

It is for this reason, and many more, that we are thrilled to have been accepted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to donate copies of The Land of the Pines, making the first book in the Loodor Tales series available to patients beginning this holiday season.

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

Some children at St. Jude may be anxious about treatment. For that reason, St. Jude also offers “The Paws at Play” program to distract patients from their illness, symptoms, pain and anxiety. Facility dogs offer unconditional love and acceptance, while also supporting patients through social interaction.

During their time at the hospital, St. Jude does everything possible to ensure patients can continue to be kids. Play and self-expression are part of growing, learning and enjoying life. That’s why one focus of the St. Jude Child Life Program is giving kids an opportunity to create original artwork, like the ABCs of Cancer (pictured).

“I attended the St. Jude Evening Under the Stars annual event and was able to meet and hear firsthand the story of Tayde (pictured). At 7 years old, Tayde was diagnosed with leukemia. Today, with her cancer in remission, Tayde gives back and speaks on behalf of the hospital that saved her life. Tayde is now a mother, a survivor and an example of the incredible work started by Danny Thomas. It is an honor to give to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

- Summer Nilsson, Founder & Author

Photography: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital