Today, we’re announcing Relay FM’s 4th annual fundraiser for St. Jude. Over the last three years, the Relay FM audience has raised $1.5 million for this incredibly important institution. $700,000 of that was raised in 2021 alone.
(Y’all are awesome!)
If you’re new to St. Jude, here’s a bit about what it does:
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
There is a lot there to unpack. In the 60 years since it was founded here in my hometown of Memphis, TN,1 treatments developed at St. Jude have helped increase the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%.
The research that fuels those treatments is shared and used around the world.
In May 2009, I got a crash course in what St. Jude can do when my oldest son was diagnosed with brain cancer. He underwent multiple operations, 18 rounds of chemotherapy and more rehabilitative service appointments than I can count. All of this treatment was provided without charging my young family a dime.
This let us focus on Josiah’s care, not our checkbook. We knew he was getting the best treatment on the planet for his disease, and that treatment saved his life. Today, he is doing incredibly well. He loves music and dancing, and like his old man, is working on the student newspaper at his school.
That’s why we spend the month of September talking about St. Jude and raising money to continue its mission. We’d love to have you join us this year.
As always, we invite you to make a donation! Donors who make an individual gift of $60 or more will receive a digital bundle including a wallpaper and macOS screensaver pack and those who make an individual gift of $100 or more will receive a set of stickers in addition to the digital bundle.
The campaign this year includes the ability for you to start your own fundraising campaign to help us reach our goals, while earning exclusive Relay FM merch. Fundraisers who raise $1 or more will receive an exclusive St. Jude limited edition of the Relay FM challenge coin. And fundraisers raising $250 or more will also receive a unique deskmat, featuring the cartoon heads of a couple of podcast network co-founders you may know. It’s very good.
You can donate or sign up to fundraise on our campaign webpage.
- In fact, St. Jude was first fully-integrated children’s hospital in the southern United States. ↩