The Band Perry, Craig Wayne Boyd and Others Show Support for St. Jude
It's another weekend of feel-good moments for country stars visiting the children's research hospital in Memphis
The Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry knew exactly how to relate to young patients during a Country Cares visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis this weekend.
“Are you an Elsa fan or Anna?” the singer asked as she crouched down to eye level with a patient donning a Frozen nightgown and hooked up to several IVs. When she responded that the ice queen was her pick, Perry replied, “Everyone always chooses Elsa!”
“I really love Elsa and Anna, so I was excited to hear which one she was favoring,” Kimberly told PEOPLE. “We met her mother in the cafeteria earlier in the day, and she was so cool too, because she had shaved her head like her daughter who was going through chemo. It was a really special moment for sure.”
It’s an event filled with special moments, and in the 26 years since Randy Owen started the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program, it has raised more than $550 million and been championed by artists such as Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. This year’s event was attended by TBP, Sam Hunt, The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd, Gloriana and more.
“I am blown away by how committed the country music industry is to supporting St. Jude,” Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude, told PEOPLE. “I don’t think there’s an industry that you can think of that’s had a more profound impact on philanthropy than the country music industry has had on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
St. Jude is a non-profit treatment facility and research center that relies on private donations and other forms of fundraising, like the country music radiothons, to keep in operation. It costs $2 million a day simply to run the hospital. To find out how you can help, visit stjude.org.