Tomorrow and Friday from 6am -7pm, XL Country will be hosting our annual Country Cares Radiothon to help raise money for the St. Jude Children's Hospital. Each year  the Country Cares Radiothon is a huge success thanks to the giving people of Gallatin County. We would like to say thank you to all past contributors and to encourage everyone to make this year even better. Here is a touching story of a boy who's life is being saved each day by the kind hearts involved in the St. Jude Hospital.

The line to call in to donate Thursday and Friday is 1-800-942-8771

and online anytime here


Seth was found to suffer from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in winter 2008.

Seth was an energetic child who was always on the go. But just before Christmas in 2008, his parents noticed their little boy was sleeping more and didn't want to eat or play. When his skin took on a yellowish cast, his parents took him to the local children's hospital. Blood work revealed the crushing news: Seth suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. "I kept saying ‘no, no, no.' It was devastating," Seth's mom remembered. His family was referred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for his treatment and care.

At St. Jude:

Seth immediately began chemotherapy. He visits St. Jude once a week for intravenous chemotherapy, and he takes oral chemotherapy at home. Seth's treatment is at times difficult, but he's resilient. His parents appreciate the fact that St. Jude does everything they can to let the kids be kids. "He's very energetic, not one to sit still," said his mom. "Here, they make sure kids aren't scared. They understand kids."

Seth's parents are grateful for people who support St. Jude. "I hope the people who donate know they're saving strangers' lives, kids' lives, every day," said his mom. "That's a selfless act. Words can't express how much thanks we have."

Seth is outgoing and likes to play games. When he's at the hospital, he likes to visit the fish tanks.

March 2011