By: Brittney Baily
Every spring, B100 hosts the St. Jude Radiothon, and to date, we have raised thousands of dollars for the families, doctors, and research that is happening in Memphis, TN, and around the world!
It is something truly remarkable to see the community rally behind this incredible organization!! For the last 8 years, I’ve witnessed the absolute blessing of generosity in talking to those who choose to donate what they can year after year. We are SO grateful for your donations because our hearts are so tied to this amazing hospital.
Staff members are invited to attend Country Cares in Memphis to learn about the hospital, listen to patients and staff members, absorb all the fascinating research information, and walk through the halls of St. Jude. This year will be my third time going, and every time I learn SO much, and my heart is pulled in so many different directions.
Last time I visited, it snowed for the first time in a LONG time, and it was a rare sight for the Tennessean natives!! As we were on the hospital tour, patients from all over the hospital came to gaze in surprise and delight in the hallway we were walking through. It was extremely emotional to see these children of all ages and walks of life there in front of me. You might have heard the stories, or seen the commercials, but to meet them and see the joy on their faces was bittersweet. Smiles were covered by masks, many didn’t have hair, and one little toddler girl had a large tumor that took over most of her precious face. Knowing what these children are facing, and not knowing what the future of their health holds, it meant more than ever to support these families. No St. Jude patient will EVER receive a bill for treatment, medicines, travel, food, lodging, etc. EVERYTHING is covered by YOUR generosity.
Danny Kaye had a vision that “No child should die in the dawn of life.”
While in the hospital, you’ll notice they have removed the sterile hospital smell, and it’s unlike any hospital you’ve ever visited. You won’t find a place more hopeful and exciting than this campus!
A nurse who has worked there for decades created the “No Mo’ Chemo” theme song, and when a child is deemed “cancer FREE” they host a party in their room, sing the champion’s anthem, and throw confetti.
Imagine knowing that YOUR donation is ushering in the breakthrough for researchers (that they freely share with the world) to find better medications and treatments for this horrible disease. Cancer doesn’t discriminate and fights to take a person’s entire life, but you can stand with these families and fight WITH them. You can become a Partner in Hope and truly partner with a hospital that has a global effect, watches miracles walk out the door daily, and has revolutionized the way cancer is diagnosed and treated.
As a parent, when your child is sick, it’s SO hard to watch them feel ill and you wish that you could just take it from them. In the direst of situations, as parents are lying next to their babies, not knowing if they will wake up in the morning, hold those families up in your prayers and help to be the light in such darkness.
Supporting St. Jude is something we do as a family, and any time my kids see the St. Jude logo, they call it The Angel! It’s a hard conversation to have, but necessary. It has taught my kids compassion and love for those they don’t even know.
Together, you can also collect all your spare change and make a difference.
One year, an amazing girl asked if everyone who attended her birthday party would bring in a donation to St. Jude instead of bringing her presents. Here is Callie and her brother dropping off their donations!
As we are on our Quest For A Million Pennies, I know you can help us reach that goal!
Thank you for your continued support for this outstanding place where children who were once deemed cancer-stricken have been cured, and now make an indescribable difference in this world. There aren’t enough good things to say about this place and the LIFE they give.