Multi-talented Entertainer Chris Brown Goes 'Back to School,' Taking on a Starring Role in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon (R) Video

Nov 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- One of America's best-known,
 multi-talented entertainers, Chris Brown, has taken on a starring role as
 video host for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's(R) Math-A-Thon
 program, now in it's 29th year. Chris, who visited the hospital last year
 and is a steady supporter of St. Jude, takes his support to the next level
 by encouraging students to use their math skills to help children with
 cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
     As Chris tells students, "We can all make a difference in the lives of
 others. I'm proud to help St. Jude. I feel like I'm just a regular person
 helping out."
     Chris stars in the Math-A-Thon video to show middle schoolers that math
 and fundraising are still "cool." The video encourages students to continue
 to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude in a fast pace, MTV-style video
 featuring video clips from his mega hit "Run It."
     Chris Brown is a multi Grammy-nominated entertainer, the 2006 Billboard
 Music Artist of the Year, a pop singer, dancer and actor He releases his
 sophomore album Exclusive November 6, and also has a leading role in the
 upcoming movie This Christmas, which hits theaters November 21. His
 self-titled debut album premiered at #2 on the Billboard charts and has
 sold 2.5 million copies worldwide. Chris headlined his own "Up Close &
 Personal" tour in 2006, during which he raised more than $50,000 for St.
 Jude through the donation of proceeds from every ticket sold. His new "Ford
 Presents Up Close & Personal Holiday Exclusive Tour," which he will also
 headline, begins in December.
     The Math-A-Thon Live video, featuring Chris Brown, will be shown in
 thousands of schools across the country educating kids about Math-A-Thon,
 one of St. Jude's most successful fundraising campaigns and one of
 America's largest education based fundraisers. Students participating in
 Math-A-Thon ask for pledges from family and friends, as either an
 amount-per-problem or a one time donation. Students then complete math
 problems using the Math-A-Thon Funbook or interactive CD-ROM. Last year
 alone Math-A-Thon raised more than $22 million and is expected to raise
 more than $25 million this school year.
     To learn more about Math-A-Thon and how you can get involved, visit
     ALSAC/St. Jude Contact:
     Tara Dhar
     ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
     Work: 310.275.0301 Cell: 323.640.9434
     St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for
 its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and
 other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and
 based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with
 scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays
 for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are
 never asked to pay. St Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its
 fundraising organization. For more information, please visit

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