St. Jude honored GRAMMY Award-winning country music superstar Brad Paisley with the prestigious Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award.
The coveted award — which recognizes individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the hospital through their humanitarian spirit and unique commitment — was given to Paisley Saturday, Jan. 13, at the annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® songwriter's dinner at The Peabody Memphis.
This recognition places Paisley among the ranks of five past recipients, including ALABAMA front man and co-founder of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, Randy Owen for whom the award is named; additional recipients are country music artist John Rich, former ALSAC Chief Operating Officer David McKee (posthumously), St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Council member Sharon Eaves (posthumously), and country music artist Darius Rucker.
Paisley is a long-standing supporter of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. In 2011, he recorded "One of Those Lives," a song inspired by the courageous patients and families of St. Jude. Paisley donated a family gathering room to St. Jude Target House, St. Jude's long-term housing facility for families staying more than 90 days. The Brad Paisley Lodge, positioned near the entrance of St. Jude Target House, is a cozy, common area for residents with a pool table, Guitar Hero gaming system, TVs and a fireplace. Thanks to generous donors, families stay at the St. Jude Target House for no cost.
"We are proud to honor Brad Paisley with this recognition. His unwavering passion, service and generosity are truly inspiring, and over the years he has made a significant difference in the lives of patients and families at St. Jude," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
He continued, "This recognition is a testament to Brad Paisley's strong advocacy for St. Jude, and the ongoing fight for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. And this honor for Brad also reflects the strength of the entire country music industry, who devote their hearts, time and talent each year to further share our mission and raise funds that are critically important in ensuring families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live."
About Country Cares for St. Jude Kids
More than two dozen country artists gathered at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., January 11 – 14, to participate in Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, which connects celebrities with radio stations and other media outlets to help raise funds and awareness for St. Jude. The event, which was created in 1989 by Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group ALABAMA, has raised more than $750 million dollars.
Country artists Randy Owen, Cam, Chase Rice, Devin Dawson, Jerrod Niemann, Drake White, Danielle Bradbery, Russell Dickerson and many more participated in the weekend's events.
For a recap of the fun, visit thisshirtsaveslives.org, and join the conversation by following #stjude and #thisshirtsaveslives.
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 life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, 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 or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.