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St Jude: Finding Cures, Saving Lives

Did you know? The daily operating cost for St. Jude is over $2 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.


Country Legends 106.9 St. Jude Radiothon
March 9th – 10th, 2017

Sponsored by
Envista Credit Union
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Thank you for helping us raise $76,840.00 in 2016!

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. Helping St. Jude is easy.

During the Radiothon, (March 9th – 10th, 2017) call the Dr. Pepper Phone Bank, toll free at 1-800-592-3530 to make a donation.

Make sure to LIKE our facebook page, as we’ll be posting updates of the State Farm – Jim Garrison Tote Board, keeping you informed of our total amount raised!

Thank you to sponsors like Envista Credit Union, Dr Pepper / Snapple, Jim Garrison – State Farm Insurance, Tailgators, Wendy’s, SAPP Bros Travel Center, Kicker Audio, Midas, Capital City Carnage, Country Stampede, Country Cares artists, Kansas City Royals, Midwest Float, Coors Light, Carpet Plus, Farmers Insurance – Heather Fox, Chick Fil A, McAlister’s Deli, McDonalds, On the Border, Hog Wild Pit BBQ, Radiance Medical Spa,  and so many more individuals and businesses who stepped up and donated. We look forward to working with you on 2017’s Radiothon!


Country Cares for St. Jude
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  • Country Cares for St. Jude Kids is one of the most successful radio fundraising events in America. Since the program began in 1989, more than 200 radio stations across the country have raised more than $400 million in pledges for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
  • Many country artists have given their names and time to Country Cares through recorded appeals, visits to the children at the hospital and much more. These stars include Randy Owen, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Jake Owen and Lady Antebellum.
  • All segments of the country music industry—artists, record label representatives, artist managers, publishers, songwriters and radio station staff—participate in the Country Cares program.
  • Randy Owen, lead singer of the group ALABAMA, helped launch the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program after meeting with hospital founder Danny Thomas.
  • A typical radiothon lasts two days and is highlighted by St. Jude patient stories and country celebrity vignettes, local patient appearances and exciting radio station promotions. Radiothons are typically held at the radio stations or other populated venues.
  • All major and many independent country music record labels support the Country Cares program.
  • Country music reaches a broad and ever-increasing portion of the American audience. Reports show that nearly 44 million adults listen to Country Radio on a weekly basis. Country Radio reaches more adults than any other format—making it America’s top radio format. Country is the leading radio format in the number of stations as well, with more than 2,000 stations airing country music full-time.

Visit the Country Cares for St. Jude Kid’s Facebook page HERE.


What is a Partner In Hope®?

StJude-LogoFor $20 a month, you can make a difference in the life of a child

Join thousands of people who support St. Jude with your monthly pledge of $20 or more and give hope to children stricken with cancer and other deadly diseases.

As a Partner In Hope®, you will be among the most dedicated St. Jude supporters that ensure that no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay.

For just $20 a month—about 63 cents a day—you will be helping St. Jude treat children battling cancer and conduct research that may one day lead to a cure.

Envista Credit Unions in Topeka spotlight and support St. Jude all year long by presenting our Daily Partner in Hope on Country Legends 106.9! Twice a day, our announces thank a different Partner in Hope contributor, live on air!

Click HERE to become a Partner in Hope, today.


  ABC’s of Cancer

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For folks who have not had an opportunity to visit the hospital, we can tell you – it’s an AMAZING place full of hope and healing.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.  Known around the world as the hospital without walls, St. Jude freely shares groundbreaking research and treatments with the global medical community.

Everyone who takes a tour of the hospital gets an opportunity to see the “ABCs of Cancer” wall.  This is a wall where the alphabet has been transformed into writings by the patents into mini stories about cancer. St. Jude created the wall so patients could have an alphabet of their own that reflects the kids’ feelings and experiences while having a catastrophic illness.

These hand-written poems are moving, sad and even humorous as they give you an inside look as some of the different emotions and attitudes the patients experience during their personal journeys.


No Place Like St. Jude

  • 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.
  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962.
  • St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
  • 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.
  • Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
  • St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that “No child should die in the dawn of life.”

Pioneering Treatments

  • St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers.
  • We are a top national referral center for children with tough-to-treat forms of cancer or who have not responded successfully to standard treatments.
  • St. Jude is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centerdevoted solely to children.
  • St. Jude has helped increase the survival rates for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) from 4% before opening in 1962 to 94% today.
  • We develop new treatments that reduce side effects while maintaining or improving outcomes, so that survivors of childhood cancer can have the best possible long-term health.
  • Because we have seen our patients with brain tumors improve dramatically through proton therapy, we are building the world’s first proton therapy center dedicated solely to treating children.
  • St. Jude researchers and doctors have research and treatment programs for children with pediatric HIV and AIDS, as well as using new drugs and therapies to fight related infections.
  • St. Jude was the first institution to develop a cure for sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant and has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell disease programs in the country.
  • St. Jude was the first pediatric cancer research center in the U.S. with an on-site current Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility, which produces innovative biopharmaceuticals and other products for use in St. Jude-led clinical trial.

 Leading-Edge Research

  • St. Jude is a world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer. We create more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital.
  • We also research areas of medicine that pose a risk to children with cancer, such as infectious diseases.
  • Through the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, we have completed whole genome sequencing of more than 700 pediatric cancers along with 700 matched normal genomes from the same children. This bold project has produced significant discoveries for children with tough-to-treat cancers.
  • In May 2012, St. Jude released the largest-ever compilation of comprehensive whole genome human cancer data for access by the global scientific community (4,200 billion pieces of data).
  • A gene therapy treatment invented by St. Jude and given as a single treatment allows adults with hemophilia B to cease ongoing, expensive injections. This new treatment is expected to be adapted for children and for other diseases.
  • St. Jude is the national coordinating center for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, both funded by the National Cancer Institute.
  • St. Jude is the coordinating center for a national study of sickle cell disease treatment funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
  • St. Jude is a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza Viruses in Animals and Birds.

By The Numbers

  • St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world.
  • On average, St. Jude has more than 67,000 patient visits each year.
  • We shared our research results in 775 articles published in peer-reviewed journals in 2012. That equals, on average, a new discovery shared every 11 hours.
  • St. Jude has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” by The Scientist as one of the top 10 “Best Places to Work in Academia,” and by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine as a top children’s cancer hospital.
  • The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $2 million, which is primarily covered by individual contributions.

 

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