Country music industry unites for the children of St. Jude

(Memphis, Tennessee, January 11, 2001)

To date, more than $130 million raised to help children with catastrophic diseases

Some of country music’s biggest names and representatives from more than 170 country radio stations will come together in Memphis this weekend. They are joining forces for the 12th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids seminar which launches a season of radiothons to benefit the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Lonestar, Keith Urban, Joe Diffie, Phil Vassar, The Kinleys and Randy Owen of the Grammy® Award-winning group ALABAMA are among the celebrities who will tour internationally renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and visit with some of the 4,000 children who are treated there each year for life-threatening disease. Over the course of the weekend, the celebrities and radio station personnel hear St. Jude patients share their stories of surviving childhood cancer, and attend sessions at the Peabody Hotel to learn ways to plan successful radiothons.

Last year alone, country music radio stations and their volunteers raised more than $25 million in pledges for St. Jude patients through two-day radiothons in their local markets. Since Randy Owen helped create the program 11 years ago, U.S. country radio stations have raised more than $132 million in pledges for St. Jude, the single largest center in the United States for the treatment and research of pediatric catastrophic diseases, such as cancer.

Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Clint Black and Martina McBride are among the more than 100 artists who have, over the years, recorded personal messages for radio stations to use to promote the event and attract support from local country music fans. Patients and their parents also record messages, telling their stories and explaining how St. Jude has made a difference in their lives.

United Service Association For Health Care sponsors the Country Cares seminar and has contributed more than $600,000 to the program since its inception. The company provides some of the nation’s most innovative consumer products and services with substantial savings from nationally recognized companies specializing in health care, financial services, travel and entertainment and family benefits.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. The hospital is an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic childhood diseases. The hospital’s work is supported through funds raised by the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). All St. Jude patients are treated regardless of their ability to pay. ALSAC covers all costs for families who have no insurance.