Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude Children's Research Hopital in 1962.The hopital was founded upon the principle that no child should have to die in the dawn of life. With only seven dollars left to his name, Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, for guidance in his life. He claimed that if St. Jude would help show him his way in life that he would build him a shrine. This shrine has turned into St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
For over 45 years now, St. Jude Children's Research Hopital has been the leading research facility for childhood cancer. No child is turned away due to their inability to pay or their background. Upon recieving treatment at St. Jude, no family ever receives a bill for anything provided by the hospital. Operating costs are estimated at roughly 1.4 million dollars...DAILY...most of which comes from public contributions. Of these contributions, 85 cents of every dollar donated can be guaranteed to go to patient care and research. Upon finding new medical breakthroughs, St. Jude is willing to share their findings with affiliated hospitals nationwide. Protocols are sent to local hospitals so that patients can be treated at home. Mobile currently has over 50 patients being treated at St. Jude.
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Intern Colton and a special group of bikers present the Kruise for St. Jude check for over $25,000 at the hospital in Memphis.
95KSJ's 11th Annual Kruise for St. Jude was a success with hundreds of bikers riding from Eastern Shore Centre down to LuLu's all for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!
A great turnout at Hank Aaron Stadium to watch the BIG GAME and support the kids of St. Jude! Photos by Ruben Cadena
Intern Colton here, and I was privileged enough to accompany a great group of bikers to St. Jude in Memphis for the check presentation from this year's Kruise for St. Jude! The 11th annual event brought in over $25,000.
We made the trip up on Thursday (no....I didn't ride a motorcycle this year, but I have plans to do so next trip!), and devoured delicious ribs and such at the Rendezvous that night. On Friday, we took a tour of the hospital and the Target House. It was my first time visiting the hospital, and you can see my reaction in the video below:
I am so thankful for all the people along the Gulf Coast who support this amazing cause - whether they have been to the hospital or not; whether they have any personal connection or not; whether they have the resources to give or not. It is an incredible connection to know what the doctors, nurses and researchers are doing at the hospital in Memphis directly affects our kids here at home. I can see the lives being saved because of this hospital and the mission Danny Thomas had when he set to make his dream a reality - that "no child should die in the dawn of life."
One part of the hospital is the Blood Donation Center, where they say "if you can't give green, give red." So, we did. Each member of our group gave blood and platelets. I'll admit, I was slightly terrified at the thought of doing so, but to know those kids go through so much worse and need it so much more than I do, replaced all fear with happiness to donate.
The rest of our trip included some sightseeing and fun activites around the city. See a photo gallery of our trip HERE!
Until next year....
The TKEs from Spring Hill College are putting their feet into action to help raise awareness and funds for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Saturday, April 14th from 11am-2pm. Join them and 95KSJ in a 5K around the campus as we all "Walk with Heroes."
Registration is $10 per person, and team registration forms can be submitted online here: https://docs.google.com/
Here's the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/264897446925578/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
Some of our biker friends were kind enough to present the $17,000 check to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
Their trip included a tour of the hospital, some members giving blood and platelets, as well as a ton of fun, and of course you can't go to Memphis without grabbing some BBQ!
See a virtual tour of the hospital through pictures: CLICK HERE!
real men wear pink! and donate to St. Jude!
Mmmm...Rendezvous Ribs! Hungry yet???
Out on Beale Street!
The group was also able to visit a St. Jude patient from Mobile currently being treated at the hospital. There are currently over 100 St. Jude patients from the Mobile/Baldwin County area (not all being treated in Memphis). Please continue to keep our kids in your thoughts. This hits so close to home for all of us!
Also, during the hospital tour, the group found a new statue dedicated to Mobile!
Donate to St. Jude: CLICK HERE!
See the entire trip from this wild & crazy group here: CLICK HERE!
*Thanks to Gwyn Howard for taking initiative on these check presentations trips and for the pictures.
*If you are interested in riding with the group next year, please let us know. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The 95KSJ Radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital from Sam's Club on the Beltline will be held Thursday, February 23 & Friday February 24 from 6AM-7PM both days.
In the past, many 95 KSJ listeners have answered the call to help St. Jude and the little ones that need our support. Every year we are amazed and humbled by your generosity. The love you show for the children in Mobile and Baldwin counties has brought us to tears on many occasions. For all your support in past years, we thank you.
Currently, there are over 70 children in the Mobile and Baldwin county area receiving treatment from St. Jude. St. Jude is truly a hospital with no walls.
As you listen and hear the stories of St. Jude, local stories of miracles in Memphis, of battles lost and won, please remember we can only continue the fight with YOUR support.
You can donate over the phone by calling 1-800- 303-1045
You don't have to wait until the radiothon to donate, though. Become a Partner in Hope TODAY:
Thank you to our kind sponsors! Please show your support for them like they do for St. Jude!
Keep the change for St. Jude! Swing by Hacienda San Miguel Located in West Mobile of Schillinger near Super Target, Highway 90 in Theodore or Aztecas in Tillman's Corner and if you have any cha-ching in your pockets,
empty them into the change jars for St. Jude!
Mobile County- Carfinders
Baldwin County- Team Gunther Kia
Buying a new car comes with a good feeling! What makes it even better is knowing that your purchase helped save a child's life. Right now through the end of the radiothon, Carfinders Auto Outlet will donate for each car sold! Help "drive away cancer!"
Bite into the "soon-to-be-famous" Butch burger as you stomp for a cure! Right now, visit Butch Cassidy's, donate $1, write your name on the pin upand help boot childhood cancer!
Thank you to our other sponsors, as well:
Join fellow local football fans and St. Jude supporters throughout the NFL playoffs and all the way to the big game as we work to tackle childhood cancer. We're taking all that’s great about game day — family, friends, food and football — and combining them with the greater good of finding cures for childhood cancer. We are hosting a St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. party and you can be an MVP to kids fighting cancer and other deadly diseases. The BIG GAME PARTY will be Sunday, February 5th at the Hank Aaron Stadium beginning at 4PM!
The room is the event space at the Hank, which is covered and holds 3 TVs, including a big 6x10 screen for everyone to see!
Tickets are only $35. With that, you get food provided by Naman's Catering & Big Dogs of Mobile (BBQ, potato salad, beans, the works). You'll also get a few souvienrs for your donation.
We'll have live entertainment with the band Cornbred playing from 4-5ish! And, of course, we'll have games such as cornhole!
We will also host a silent auction for great items, as well as a live auction complete with deleicious cakes decorated by our precious local St. Jude patients!
You can buy tickets online here: CLICK HERE
We hope to see you "party with a purpose" on February 5th!