2015 marks the 17th Annual CAT COUNTRY Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon,
as well as the 27th year of the Country Cares program. With $47,208
in 2014, together we have raised $705,477 for the kids at St. Jude Children's
In the 26 years since Randy Owen of Alabama first challenged country radio stations to
raise money for St. Jude -- thus forming the Country Cares program -- radio
stations nationwide have raised more than $500 million dollars.
Currently, it takes more than $1.9 million dollarsper day to operate St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital -- and that’s why we need YOUR help, more than ever!
By becoming a Partner in Hope, you can help a child like Aidan, who was found to
suffer from pilocytic astrocytoma in December 2010. In early 2010, Aidan seemed to stop
developing as quickly as his siblings. His parents had difficulty understanding him and
his balance was off. That June, Aidan was found to suffer from neurofibromatosis, a
disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves.
Aidan’s parents barely had time to process that news when, six months later, scans
revealed a tumor growing in Aidan’s right optic nerve. He was immediately sent to St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where further tests revealed a second tumor in Aidan’s
left optic nerve. The tumors were identified as pilocytic astrocytomas.
At St. Jude, Aidan underwent chemotherapy for 18 months. Because of the location of the
tumors, they are inoperable. Doctors know they will begin to grow eventually, and when
they do, Aidan will again undergo chemotherapy. “His cancer will never go into remission,”
said Aidan’s mother. “He’ll have chemotherapy on and off for the rest of his life.”
Despite this daunting outlook, Aidan’s family has bright hopes for his future. “He’s a
happy child. He’s in school and doing well,” said Aidan’s mom. “With everything he’s been
through, he’s taught us to just be happy every day.”
Aidan’s parents are grateful for the people who help support St. Jude. “We never have to
worry about a bill. When you have a child who is going to have a lifetime of treatment,
this means so much,” Aidan’s mom said.
On The Road Sponsors:
Join EJ Foxx Friday, March 6, 7-9am at The Roof Center on Marvel Rd in Salisbury for a free
breakfast courtesy of 2J's BBQ and Seafood in Salisbury. 410-860-2800
Join us at the STARGATE
Diner, Route 13 in Seaford, 11am-1pm. 302-629-4894
If your business would like to become a St. Jude Radiothon Sponsor, please call
Mark Schollenberger at 410-219-3500 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.