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This weekend I had the privilege to attend the 2013 St. Jude Reserach Hospital Celebration of Hope Weekend. The weekend gathered African-American media professionals, radio personalities and executives, bloggers and clergy from across the country to learn about the work and impact of St. Jude on children’s cancer research.  St. Jude is close to us here at Radio One as we are committed to doing our annual Partners in Hope Radiothon each year on all of our inspiration stations.  To do research and talk about the great statistics at St. Jude is one thing but to experience the great work that they do first hand is totally different ball game!  I’m a Partner in Hope, I give $20 monthly, and after witnessing and meeting the incredible staff at St. Jude  I’ve been blown away even more by the compassion and dedication they have for their patients and families.

Here are a few facts you may not know about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

  • St. Jude has always served all race, religions and creeds.  Now this fact is a testament to them being trailblazers especially since they opened during the civil rights movement in 1962.
  • Donors’ contributions count, big or small. It takes 1.9 MILLION a day to run the hospital..
  • Hydroxea, the drug which treats children and adult with sickle-cell anemia, was developed at St. Jude. It’s estimated that hydroxea cut the overall annual medical expenses and hospitalizations by 21 percent.
  • There are three resident shelters for children and their families who receive long-term treatment at St. Jude: Target House, Grizzlies House and the Ronald McDonald House.
  • No family who receives treatment at St. Jude receives a bill for anything. Travel costs, treatment and lodging is free of charge.
  • Meals are customized for children by chefs, including five-star chef, Miles McMath
  • The Teen Art Gallery houses artwork by patients, which serves as an artistic outlet and therapy.

The closing dinner, emceed by Radio One’s newest addition, Roland S. Martin, featured performances by St. Jude supporters, gospel artists, Sheri Jones Moffet and Jason Nelson and R&B singer/songwriter, Marsha Ambrosius.

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