My first St. Jude radiothon with KNUE was in 2001. At that time, I had not heard of the hospital. And to be honest, I didn't really understand the scope of what St. Jude Children's Research Hospital did.

Then, in 2003, I made my first trip to Memphis and got to see first hand what St. Jude does.

Holy cow. It's called a hospital but it sure didn't feel like it. It felt more like a daycare or a school. Ceiling tiles made to look like clouds, rooms with a jungle theme, rooms with an ocean theme, patients being lead around the hallways in little red wagons.

I have even had the privilege to meet a couple of the patients. I can tell you that I will never have the spirit or strength these kids have. These kids are not at St. Jude to lose their fight, they are there to beat whatever it is they have.

The doctors and researchers are there winning small battles every day to find the ultimate cure for childhood cancers. They are even working on treatments for sickle cell disease, HIV/Aids, flu and many more.

To describe this place as amazing is an understatement. And to do it without a single penny out of pocket from the family. Many corporations have gotten behind St. Jude, many celebrities have gotten behind St. Jude, your favorite country artists have gotten behind St. Jude. That's part of how they can do it for no cost to the family.

Your donations also make that happen. All we can do is ask. We ask that you become a Partner In Hope by calling 800-592-3488 or text KNUE to 785833 and click the link that's sent to you to become a Partner In Hope.

Thank you so much East Texas for getting behind us and supporting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.