I was blessed enough to be asked to visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the radio seminar weekend, Country Cares . I have been there a few times, but I always see something new (and amazing) each time I go.
You may have heard me talking about it on 95KSJ or saw my social media. If you don't know what they do, it is literally a place of love and miracles. We have met so many patients and families from the Gulf Coast that were treated at St. Jude. Some St. Jude families experience miraculous stories of healing, and some do end with heartbreak, but this is why St. Jude is here, to eliminate childhood cancer and catastrophic illnesses. It is amazing to hear from some parents about how St. Jude helped them extra time...sometimes years...with their child.
Radio people from across the country were able to learn more about the hospital, see the hospital, meet some patients and families, and also hang with the country artists who are involved!
The hospital is one of the most blessed places in the world. You expect to see "little sick bald kids"...and well, yes, some are bald, but the spirit in that place is all about hope . I saw it and I felt it. The kids may have IV's in their arms and going to chemo, but they are in their little red wagons with gigantic smiles on their faces! It is all because of the angels who work there. They have made it their life’s mission to fight until no child dies in the dawn of life.
Everyone who visits had to rub Danny Thomas' nose for good luck! And the ABC's of Cancer written by the children, as well as the artwork from the teen patients was very inspiring.
For every one child saved at St Jude, thousands are saved elsewhere.
Here are about 800 radio/Country Cares people with the " This Shirt Saves Lives " t-shirt (this is the one we featured during our radiothon), can you find me? Click through for pics of 80's themed casino night, some artists, and the ducks! We had speakers and guests that were amazing. The sessions were at The Peabody which is historical and beautiful, and is famous for it's Ducks, if you didn't know!
And oh, remember the couple that got married AT St Jude last year because they were both patients there when they were kids? They spoke at the seminar as well! So. Many. Feels. You have to recap the story if you missed it! Here:
My favorite patient was Dallas, who had the best personality and even sang on stage with Randy Owen from Alabama (who started Country Cares), during the last night we were there, Songwriters' Night! The legendary Clint Black was there too, with Jake Owen, and Michael Ray. See where Randy is moved to tears.