Help Us Save Lives with the St. Jude Radiothon This Week
(Credit: YouTube/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
Each year, residents in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas partner with us to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year's radiothon is Thursday, February 1 and Friday, February 2.
Why do we do the radiothon?
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was established as a place where children with terminal illness could go for treatment, regardless of socioeconomic status and race. It was one of the first integrated institutions in the nation.
Quality of Care and Research-
The children at St. Jude not only receive the best care possible, but the hospital's researchers often find major developments, which are shared with the medical community. For instance, the first child to be cured of Sickle Cell Disease via bone marrow transplant underwent her treatment at St. Jude. THIS was a tremendous medical breakthrough, especially for people of color.
You Reap What You Sow-
Since we started the St. Jude radiothon in Tuscaloosa, awareness of the hospital has been raised to the degree that when some children from our area were diagnosed with particular ailments, they became St. Jude patients. So, while most donors are willing to become Partners in Hope to help children they don't know, their dollars eventually benefit families they DO know. It is such a great feeling knowing you've literally paid it forward.
During our radiothon, we accept one-time donations and encourage businesses to get involved! We are all for you making your donation and then challenging a friend or competitor on the air. However, the main goal is to gather Partners in Hope!
To become a partner, all you have to do is commit to a donation of $20 per month. Here's what's so phenomenal about that: It costs $2.4 million to run St. Jude PER DAY!!! While the hospital does have corporate sponsors and other benefactors, the $20 per month commitments from everyday people is enough to cover the hospital expenses for just over two months.
Imagine if that money wasn't there. Is there any medicine you take daily? Do you know of anyone who does take daily medication? Can you imagine going two months without proper care?
Let's not put our children in that predicament. Let's be our brothers' keepers and help St. Jude provide for every child and family in need.