St. Jude rocks,  and there are a ton of reasons why, but here are some of my favorite reasons.

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No child should die in the dawn of life." - Danny Thomas (St. Jude Founder)

St. Jude Rocks Radiothon

Hey, Melissa Awesome here, and it's the annual St. Jude Rocks Radiothon, two days full of so much hope on 103 GBF.  Kat and I are working hard to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do there.  We are so proud that we get to use our voices to be a part of this event.


I've Visited St. Jude

A few years ago, I was a part of a seminar for the St. Jude Radiothon and got to tour St. Jude and visit the campus.  While there I learned so much about what a truly incredible place St. Jude is.  I had always heard about St. Jude and I always heard about the amazing things they do, but until I went there and saw it for myself, I truly had no idea about the impact St. Jude has had on so many lives.

St Jude/Kat Mykals
St Jude/Kat Mykals

Reasons I think St. Jude Rocks

1) No family is ever charged for anything they receive from St. Jude.

St. Jude wants to make sure that the family is completely taken care of, and that the only worry they have is to make sure their child gets better.  That's it.  No one will ever receive a bill from St. Jude.

St. Jude Patients Natalie and Kaleb (St. Jude/ALSAC)
St. Jude Patients Natalie and Kaleb (St. Jude/ALSAC)

2) St. Jude isn't a hospital.

In my experience with hospitals, they tend to all have this very serious and "medical" feel to them.  The decorations are very minimal if any, and they have this certain "sterile" kind of smell, that doesn't comfort or remind me of good times.  St.  Jude is none of those things.  When you take a step into St. Jude you forget that you are in a hospital.  The lobbies and waiting rooms are bright, and colorful, and have activities, games, and fun things in them.  The kids can forget that they are being treated for serious illnesses, and instead can focus on being a kid while receiving the life-saving treatment they need.

3) St. Jude isn't a sad place

The environment of St. Jude alone is this bright, happy place full of opportunities for the kids there.  I really cannot find the words to explain it other than hope.  St. Jude truly is a place of hope, not sadness.

4) St. Jude's research is not just kept to itself.

St. Jude is a research hospital, and as they're treating children, they're also doing research.  When St. Jude finds a breakthrough in treating a disease, their research is then sent out across the country free of charge, because they have a dream of ending childhood cancer for good.  Before St. Jude opened in 1962 Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) had an overall survival rate of just 4%.  Now, thanks to the research at St. Jude the survival rate of a child with ALL is at 94%

5) There's a statue of Danny Thomas (founder of St. Jude) and you can rub his nose for good luck.

This one is more of a "fun fact!" but I thought it was really cool.  His nose is missing a lot of paint at this point, but that just means he's brought a lot of luck to a lot of people! On the real though, Danny Thomas truly was an amazing man with a vision to help end childhood cancer, thanks to St. Jude that vision is closer and closer to becoming a reality.

"Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life, or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others." -Danny Thomas

It costs $2 million a day to run St. Jude, and 70% of St. Jude's funds are from private donors, people like you becoming Partners in Hope. It's only $19 a month, and can help to ensure that in our lifetime we see the end of childhood cancer. Become a Partner in Hope now by calling 1-800-372-4999.  Your $19 monthly gift on your debit or credit card will get you a "The Shirt Saves Lives" t-shirt.

I know rock n' roll truly has a heart, so let's show it and make 2023 the biggest radiothon yet!


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