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Grammy, Stellar, Dove Award Winner Erica Campbell Gives Amazing Performance at Closing Ceremony for St. Jude “Celebration of Hope” Weekend

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Travis Green, gave an amazing blessed performance, shared a powerful testimony, about how he died at the age of five, But Jesus saved his life and also prayed for the children at St. Jude

Memphis, TN – It was a busy time in Memphis, TN over the weekend, as guests from across the country converged on this historic city to see for themselves, what was going on with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

From a tour of the hospital, research areas, classrooms for the patients and hearing directly from the families, this was a weekend that touched the lives of many with a better understand of what St. Jude provides its patients.

Over the past five decades, St. Jude has made remarkable progress toward curing childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. However for the people who work there, they want to do more. They want to push for their cure rates to be higher, while developing tailored treatments to decrease side effects.

As of 2015, St. Jude plans to double the number of children enrolled in St. Jude-led clinical trials. The hospital will also initiate a proton therapy program, create a national referral clinic for rare pediatric cancers, and launch a program aimed at harnessing the immune system to combat cancer.

St. Jude is also, not solely focused on childhood cancer, but it also focuses on research and treatment of other life-threatening diseases in children. It has one of the largest and most active sickle cell disease programs in the nation and treats approximately 800 children per year with sickle cell disease.

However one of the biggest blessings that St. Jude offers its patients and their families is hope. They do this by allowing families not having to receive a bill from their facility for treatment, travel, housing or food. St. Jude believes that families dealing with health challenges should not have to worry about anything, other than helping their child to live. Additionally, and amazingly, on average 7,800 active patients visit the hospital each year, and all at not cost.

St. Jude also freely shares their medical discoveries with other doctors and scientists worldwide, as they have become known as a “hospital without walls”. However by them sharing their knowledge, their research has helped saved the lives of thousands of children around the world.

To help give a clearer picture of what St. Jude does, more 300 Urban and Radio Announcers, Program Directors, Account Executives, Music Industry Executives, Media and Print Outlets and Sponsors were invited to visit the facility and hear first hand stories from some of the children and their families over the weekend about their journey.

The weekend wrapped up with an amazing concert with special guests Anita Wilson, Travis Green, D’Avalon, Erica Campbell and Jazmine Sullivan.

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Gospel Announcers Cheryl Jackson (Radio One Washington, D.C.), Hassan James (WIMG 1300 AM), Sheilah Belle “The Belle” (Radio One Richmond, VA) and Melanie Pratt (Radio One Charlotte, NC) attend St. Jude weekend.

*Personally, this was a powerful weekend as I thought about St. Jude and how it is trying to save lives, and extend lives in a city that took the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. I thought about the home of Elvis Presley that sits about 20 minutes outside the city of Memphis that still attracts thousands of visitors a day. I think about the people who I personally spoke to who live there and apologized for some of the things that have happened in their city over the years, but how proud they are of St. Jude.~

This was truly an amazing journey for everyone who spent time at St. Jude’s this weekend.

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