I had the opportunity to go to St. Jude last month for St. Jude Country Cares, which is an on-going fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital put on by the music community. More than $850 million has been raised in 31 years of this event. This week, on February 6 and 7th please join us for the St. Jude Radiothon as we pull our efforts together to raise even more. I am proud to be a part of it with my radio family here at Townsquare Media. Because of your support and donations, families never receive a bill from St. Jude. For anything. They don’t have to worry about being billed for treatment, housing, food, or travel. As for the research that is done at St. Jude, all of their discoveries are freely shared. This means that doctors and scientists all over the world can use this knowledge to save thousands of more children all over the globe.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way when it comes to treating and defeating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Their purpose is to find cures and save children. St. Jude has invented treatments that have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since they opened more than 50 years ago.  Think about that for a second a really let it sink in. 20% to 80%. St. Jude will not stop until no child dies from cancer.  Unfortunately, despite all of the great advances in treatment and research for a cure, children still die from cancer. And as sad as it is for the families whose children have died from cancer, they manage to carry a feeling of peace and hope because of St. Jude.

Please join us for our St. Jude Radiothon and listen to some of the amazing stories. We never know what our future holds and one day it could be your family or mine. Let’s help to make a difference. It was such a heartwarming experience for me. I hope by being a part of our radiothon, you can get just a glimpse of what I experienced while I was there in person. It’s truly inspirational.

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St Jude’s Mission Statement: The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.