Every year, Monk, Tracy Lynn, Scott Shepherd and myself look forward to the Country Cares St. Jude Radiothon because we know every dollar raised is making a difference the fight against childhood cancer.

There are many reasons why I give each month to St. Jude's and every single one has a face.

I give for Monk. His dedication and commitment to raising money for St. Jude continues long after the radiothon is only a memory. His love for the cause is genuine and his passion deserves recognition.

I give for Koleton Hunt whose mother Tracy became a Partner In Hope only a short time before she learned her son had cancer. Koleton passed away in 2013.

I give for Angie Pugh, the older sister of my best friend, Marsha. When Angie was only a few months old, she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina. Her parents noticed a whitening around her retina and that discovery eventually led to a cancer diagnosis.

When Angie was just five months old, her right eye was removed. When she was 9, she developed a primary brain tumor. Her case was so rare, the hospital was not properly equipped to perform her surgery. It took seven hours for her doctor to hand sew her retina and the challenges specialists faced with Angie's case resulted in the purchase of special cameras and equipment for future patients.

21 months later, Angie passed away. Although she died before I met her, her presence was always felt in the moments I shared with Marsha growing up.  The impact her precious life made on so many can best be summed up with, 'Only God can count the apples in one seed'.


Join me and become a St. Jude Partner In Hope today.


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