GERMANTOWN HILLS - A local mother says she'll be forever grateful to Jim Maloof for his efforts with the Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital in Peoria.
Julie Locke lost her son Dax three years ago to Leukemia. She said Jim Maloof allowed for her son to be brought back home to the Peoria area and be treated here at the St. Jude affiliate hospital.
She said she still remembers an important phone call she once got from Maloof. "He called me and introduced himself and he asked me if there was anything I needed financially or any help that I needed, he was going to be there for me. I had never even met the man."
Locke is fundraising for St. Jude. Her goal is to raise $1.6 million - enough money to run St. Jude for one day.