Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, Jordan Davis, And More Sport ‘This Shirt Saves Lives’ T-Shirts In Support Of St. Jude

The country music community is once again coming together to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this year’s This…

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Madeleine O’Connell

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December 8, 2022

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Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, Jordan Davis; Photos Courtesy St. Jude

The country music community is once again coming together to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this year’s This Shirt Saves Lives campaign.

BRELAND, Kameron Marlowe, Lainey Wilson, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, and Scotty McCreery are among the more than one hundred country artists and influencers who are getting involved by connecting their passion for music to the mission of St. Jude. 

St. Jude This Shirt Saves Lives
This Shirt Saves Lives

According to St.Jude.org, “Music is an undeniable part of St. Jude. It not only brings our families together, but it’s also part of the world-class treatment and therapy at St. Jude through music therapy. Music can help St. Jude kids achieve a variety of goals, from reducing pain and anxiety to supporting during physical therapy. “

By wearing their “This Shirt Saves Lives” t-shirt, these artists are encouraging others to join them in becoming a Partner in Hope for St. Jude. This year’s navy t-shirt is not for sale, but it is exclusively available to those who become a Partner in Hope for St. Jude by donating $19 or more per month.

Each donation goes towards the ongoing effort to provide research and care for the 8,600 pediatric cancer patients that are treated at St. Jude each year.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded by the late actor, Danny Thomas who prayed to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, to help guide him throughout his career. He promised that if he achieved great success in the entertainment industry, one day, he would build a shrine to the saint for his help. 

Eventually, he reached that goal and in 1955, he and a team of business professionals got to work on fulfilling his pledge, Together, they created the first fully integrated hospital in the south. Not only did he work to build a treatment facility, but it also became a research center for children worldwide. Thomas fought against the obstacles of society and made St. Jude a place for anyone, regardless of race, religion, or financial status. 

Then, in 1989, country icon Randy Owen saw his pivotal vision come to life for the first time when the Country Cares radiothon was born. 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of this event, which has since become one of the most successful fundraising campaigns in radio history, according to St. Jude.

This fall, Restless Road, Breland, and George Birge were among the artists who had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience by visiting the St. Jude campus as part of the annual Country Cares Seminar held in Memphis, TN.

“You’ve seen all the stories come to life today of all the patients and their families ad how big of an impact this place had on them and just how much it’s shaped and changed who they are, not only from a physical standpoint, but just who they became and wanting to give back to this place,” Restless Road previously told Country Now.

Scotty McCreery; Photo by Nikki Boertman
Scotty McCreery; Photo by Nikki Boertman

During the closing event of the seminar, Scotty McCreery was presented with the 2022 Randy Owen Angels Among Us award by the Alabama lead singer himself to commend his ongoing commitment and service to the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Thank y’all for being here tonight. Randy, thank you for bringing this country music family together so we can all come together and support St. Jude and their wonderful mission. St. Jude, thank you for your mission in helping these kids, these families here in Memphis, here in this country, and all around the world. Y’all are doing amazing work. Proud to get this award,” McCreery said as he concluded his speech.

To learn more about the This Shirt Saves Lives campaign or to become a Partner in Hope, go to www.musicgives.org.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.