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When I found out that I was going to get the opportunity to visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, I was completely excited. I had heard so much about what a great place it was and couldn't wait to check it out in person.
Bobby Baldwin, Mr. Mark and I were all in Memphis from last Thursday night until last Sunday. Going into it, I thought I knew what to expect, since I had heard so many stories about what they call "Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Seminar." I was expecting to hear some unbelievable stories, meet some country stars, and finally see this hospital that I had heard so much about.... and I did all of that, but it was so much more.
Every story we heard from the patients broke me down, but somehow those kids and parents were full of hope. They all had so much confidence in the doctors, researchers, nurses, etc. at St. Jude, it was unreal. I just kept sitting there thinking "what if this were to happen to one of my loved ones?" I couldn't handle it. There were some 8 or 9 year old boys that were handling it better than I would have ever expected. They were WAY bigger men than me.
Everyone who had been on this trip before told me "it'll change your life." They were right. It did. More thoughts have gone through my head in the past week than I thought my brain could handle. I've always been pretty thankful for what I've been blessed with, but it's now been taken to a whole new level. I can't wait to help support St. Jude in every way possible and I suggest you do the same. They are doing great things and I was blessed enough to see it first hand this past weekend.