St. Jude and country music star team up for concert in Memphis

(WMC-TV) - A major celebrity concert and PGA event is helping mark the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's 50th anniversary.

Next week, some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment will be in Memphis.

St Jude is changing the way the world treats childhood cancer. When Danny Thomas opened it in 1962, survivor rates for childhood cancer in this country were 20 percent. Now, they're 80 percent.

"In 2006 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and in 2009 I was told I was in remission and now I am in the ACT clinic, which stands for after care treatment and I am feeling wonderful," said Roman, who is 12 years old.

Roman's story has a wonderful ending, which is becoming quite common through the hard work and research in Memphis and the Mid-South.

"We've been blessed to have the support of the Memphis community and as you know next week is going to be the FedEx St. Jude Classic," said ALSAC CEO Richard Shadyac.

The FedEx St. Jude Classic is one of the longest running stops on the PGA tour. It brings golf greats into town while raising money for St. Jude. But that is not the only big event happening next week. There will also be a major concert with country music star John Rich.

They're are kids in the world and families in the world that need this place..I mean they have to have it," said country music star John Rich in an interview with Action News 5's Andrew Douglas Thursday.

John Rich talks passionately about St. Jude.and picked it as his charity during celebrity apprentice the season he won the show.

"We raised about a million and half dollars for the hospital and I was able to tell, I don't know how many people watch that show, it was a lot. I was able to tell them, 'Donate to St. Jude,'" said Rich.

That is when his relationship with the hospital blossomed into other ideas.

"Let's brainstorm, let's think about ways that I can get further involved in your mission and he has incredibly generous," said Shadyac.

That involvement translated to a major concert event in downtown Memphis.

"We're going to give you a great show, it's going to something you're going to remember cause that combination of artists will never happen again," said country singer Rich.

This Tuesday night, on June 5, John Rich will take over the Cannon Center with Darius Rucker, Kellie Pickler, Jeff Foxworthy, and many others with all the proceeds going to St. Jude.

All proceeds go to St. Jude.

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