Country Cares-Songs about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (part 1)

Country artist John Rich (yes, half of the duo Big & Rich) is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  In 2011 he released an e.p. with the proceeds of its sales going to the hospital.  There are two songs on that ep that never fail to bring me to tears.  One is called For The Kids.  The quality of the video isn’t that great.  It looks like whomever posted it on youtube recorded it on their cell phone while watching it on television.  It doesn’t lose any of it’s power though.

John Rich-“For The Kids”

There’s a little girl
And she’s in for the fight of her life
Only six years old
Facing down the future, no fear in her eyes
Her mamma and daddy are praying down on their knees
For a miracle in Memphis
Lord won’t you help them please

For the kids, we’d trade all our tomorrows
And for the kids, we’d give our heart and souls
‘Cause they’re the heroes of our lives
Fighting to survive
So give all you can give
For the kids

And there’s a little boy
And he’s sittin’ in his daddy’s lap
He smiles and laughs
And covers his head in a St. Jude ballcap
It’s been a long battle but he’s gonna beat the odds
He’s gonna make it outta there ‘cause people care
And by the grace of God

For the kids, we’d trade all our tomorrows
And for the kids, we’d give our heart and souls
‘Cause they’re the heroes of our lives
Fighting to survive
So give all you can give
For the kids

And I sing for the ones
Whether far or near
We’ve got to lift
So we can give that all the world may hear
Music in their ears

For the kids, we’d trade all our tomorrows
And for the kids, we’d give our heart and souls
‘Cause they’re the heroes of our lives
Fighting to survive
So give all you can give
You gotta give all you can give
For the kids
Yeah, for the kids

The hospital was not opened to make doctors or some healthcare conglomerate rich.  It was opened on February 4, 1962 to treat, and hopefully one day eradicate, cancer.  Danny Thomas opened the original little 5-wing hospital for the kids.  Because of, and based predominantly on, donations from people around the world St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has grown to a huge campus that never closes.  Research is able to continue because people like you believe in Danny Thomas’ dream as much as he did.

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