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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® celebrates 25 years of country music industry support

Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Program raised more than $500 million, welcomed special guests Hunter Hayes, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale and NBC's 'The Voice' winner Danielle Bradbery

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 country music industry leaders gathered in Memphis Jan. 16-19 to kick off the 25th anniversary of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® program to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. The seminar event, one of the largest country music industry gatherings in the nation, provided St. Jude patients the opportunity to interact with some of their favorite country music artists and celebrates radio partners who together have raised national awareness and more than $500 million to help St. Jude fight childhood cancer and other deadly diseases over the past quarter century.

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Scotty McCreery visits with patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

During the weekend, which provides tips and tools to country music radio stations from around the country to help raise awareness of St. Jude among their listeners, attendees also got to experience the miracle of St. Jude through inspirational stories from patient families, doctors and researchers.  Additionally, participants enjoyed special musical and seminar appearances by country artists, including Brantley Gilbert, Sara Evans, Rodney Atkins, Scotty McCreery and Rascal Flatts.

The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989, after Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group Alabama, met St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Owen asked his fellow country music artists, radio stations and loyal country music listeners to help support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Since its inception, Country Cares has become one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the nation.

"It's inspiring to think about the major impact the country music industry has had on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and I am so grateful to all of the men and women in country radio and fellow artists and friends in the country music industry who lend their support for this organization that I hold so dearly," said Owen. "The turnout for this event is further evidence of the country music industry's continued commitment and support of the research, treatments and cures provided by this amazing place that has saved the lives of countless children from around the world."

Tennessee native Jessica, who when she was a child was among those who shared their St. Jude stories with radiothon listeners, made a very personal presentation during this year's anniversary seminar—through treatment at St. Jude in the late 1990s Jessica made a full recovery and today works as a fundraiser for St. Jude. She is one of countless patients that support by the country music industry has helped.

"St. Jude is incredibly thankful to Randy Owen, the country music industry, its fans and its listeners for embracing our lifesaving mission over the past 25 years," said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Through the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program, the country music industry has raised more money for St. Jude than any other fundraising campaign in the hospital's history and is playing a significant role in helping some of the world's sickest children."

Outside the Country Cares program, the industry supports St. Jude in a variety of ways, including hospital visits from chart-topping artists such as the Zac Brown Band and Sheryl Crow and the annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville. There also is the No Shave November campaign, which began as a light-hearted wager among co-workers at Warner Music Nashville but that has grown into an annual event engaging Music Row, country radio and others, recently raising more than $215,000 for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; as well as the Darius Rucker and Friends Concert, St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends and more.

To learn more about Country Cares for St. Jude Kids visit www.countrycares.org.

Video footage of artists Randy Owen, Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler, and Lucy Hale spending time with patients during the event is available here. Please reach out to media contact for further assets.

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

Country Cares founder Randy Owen spent some time with patients Jorge and Tyron during the 25th anniversary Country Cares Seminar.

 

Country artist and Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale and St. Jude patient Tyler played board games during the Country Cares Seminar.

 

Country Music artist Sara Evans brightened the day of St. Jude patient Chance.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/62357-st-jude-children-s-research-hospital-country-cares-for-st-jude-kids

SOURCE ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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