St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of a kind. A life saving miracle. Every year I am grateful for the opportunity to help children all over the world with one of the biggest Treasure Valley fundraisers for St. Jude with our 104.3 Wow Country Radiothon. Wow Country is honored to be the local St. Jude Country Station partner for the Boise and Treasure Valley area. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is such a special place.

Did you know that St. Jude shares all of their research with all hospitals for free? St. Luke’s included! There are St. Jude patients that live in the Boise area and because of BOTH St. Jude and St. Luke’s, these kids survived what seemed like un-survivable situations and are recovering and LIVING. We will always need and support hospitals like St. Luke’s and St. Al’s because if/when your child breaks a bone or needs something like an appendix removed, St. Luke’s is there to help us. But when there’s something super scary like cancer, sickle cell anemia, a brain tumor… that’s where St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital steps in.

When St. Jude opened in 1962, the childhood cancer survival rate for the most common type of pediatric cancer was 4%. Today, thanks to the research and your donations, kids diagnosed with that same cancer have a 94% chance at survival. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. This is astounding to me and so important. What makes it even more incredible is that St. Jude is almost entirely funded by your donations.

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I love that St. Jude has no bills and no payments for the families there. The only thing they need to focus on is helping the kiddos heal. All medical treatments, doctor visits, lodging, food is all taken care of. They make the place so special for children and their families. From celerity visits, to parties, to dances, to prizes, wagon rides and lots of silliness. After all laughter is an essential part of healing and of childhood. In the just over 50 years that St. Jude has been around they have brought the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% but wont stop until it is at 100%. The ability to be able to do that comes from donations from people like you.

We have a couple of amazing local kids who are both still here because of St. Jude. Krew from Middleton and now a young teen. Here is more about him:

Krew’s Mom says that her son is a 13 year old who loves life, his friends and his family. He has such a sweet, innocent personality. He is a people pleaser who strives to do the right thing thing and make others around him feel good. Krew loves to be active and play sports. He is not afraid to try something new. He is adventurous and wants to see the world! Krew has not let his diagnosis or the effects of it negatively impact him. With right side facial paralysis, things that once came easy to him now pose a challenge. Even with this, he continues to persevere with his head held high. We love Krew, as his grandma would say: more than tongue can tell! - Krew’s Mom

Jack is another local boy who was diagnosed at 7 with a massive and rare brain tumor. He almost didn't make it multiple times but thanks to the incredible advances in science and the work and doctors at St. Jude Jack is, now 7 years later a young teen that goes to Eagle Middle school. Here is more on what happened with Jack as written by his mother Tiffany.

On March 20, 2014, Jack was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma, an aggressive brain tumor. Jack was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he underwent surgery and six weeks of proton therapy to treat the tumor. Throughout their stay at St. Jude, Jack’s family has been grateful for the care and support they’ve received. St. Jude is an absolute blessing for us.” Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. While Jack’s treatment has been tough, he hasn’t let anything bring him down. “He’s a very happy boy,” said Tiffany. “He wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up.” Although Jack is legally blind, he hasn’t let that hold him back. Jack participated on his school’s track and field team and he is going into 7thgrade!" - Jack’s Mom

Find out more about Jack and Tiffany's journey here. 

Our goal is to raise $104,300 for this year's radiothon. Will you help? Click here to donate. 

 

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