The idea of this hospital came about when entertainer Danny Thomas dropped 7 of his last 10 dollars into the church collection plate... "St. Jude, help with my career, I'll build a hospital in your name." The next day he got a job paying 10 times his $7, at $70.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is like no other in that patients don't ever receive a bill. Touring the hospital, they told me to rub Danny's nose for luck.
This cheery place doesn't feel like a hospital, here's a typical hallway.
and waiting room.
Kayla Hanley is reading along the ABC wall. It let's patients vent about what they're going through. "C" is for cancer, but "H" is for hope.
I'm impressed. This complex takes up a big area of downtown Memphis, many buildings. This statue of St. Jude welcomes everyone. It's in the front of the main entrance. That's ME on the left side of it.
The rotundra holds lots of Danny Thomas memorabilia, from the early days of television. He'd worked with many celebrities including Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and Dick Van Dyke.
This plaque and the next image go side-by-side.
While on this long road, why not share? The load doesn't weight me down at all. He ain't heavy, he's my brother.
When the hospital asked folks from radio down for a tour, they also gave us a treat, dinner at the Peabody Hotel and on it's stage.....
appeared wonderful entertainment, included here is Rascall Flatts. That's Brantley Gilbert in the ball cap.
Here's Randy Owen from the band Alabama.
It was Randy Owen who actually came up with the idea of this radiothon in which WCOL is a big part of.
Last year, in celebrating the 25th year of radiothon's, the gang from St Jude presented Randy with photos.... 25 years of memories.
He's fun! He sang and played.....
and told some good stories....
and brought along a couple of friends.....
that's Hunter Hayes and Jake Owen.
It turned into a little party!
Thank you so much for giving to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.