Country music fans help KICKS 105 raise $105,185 to help save the lives of children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude
Lufkin, TX May 17, 2012 – Radio station KICKS 105 and its generous listeners helped raise $105,185 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® during its annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® radiothon, held May 10-11, 2012. This marked KICKS 15th year of supporting the families of St. Jude, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.
Our St. Jude Patients in the East Texas Community are just a few of the tens of thousands of children who benefit from the cutting-edge research and treatment at St. Jude. Funds raised through the Country Cares radiothon are so important in part because St. Jude relies primarily on the public’s generosity to support its lifesaving mission. It costs $1.7 million to operate the hospital every day and more than 75 percent of that funding comes from the public.
“For the past 15 years our loyal listeners have called in and helped raise more than $1.3 million to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude,” said Tami Jones, General Manager for Townsquare Media. “We have all either been a child or have children of our own and can relate to these touching stories that serve as a reminder of the thousands of children still fighting for their lives.”
For the past 50 years, St. Jude has been finding cures and saving the lives of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. In 1989, Country Cares began after Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group ALABAMA, met St. Jude founder Danny Thomas and was inspired to get involved. Out of that meeting, Country Cares has grown to be one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the nation with hundreds of radio station partners raising more than $400 million in pledges.
To learn more about Country Cares for St. Jude Kids or to make a donation today, visit www.stjude.org.
About Country Cares for St. Jude Kids
Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® is one of the most successful radio fundraising events in America. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been actively involved in radiothon fundraising for more than 30 years. In fact, hundreds of radio stations across the country have helped raise more than $400 million for the life-saving work of St. Jude, and the St. Jude family of partner stations continues to expand.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.