MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® raised a record $4.6 million dollars during this year's Promesa y Esperanza® (Promise and Hope) radio event held on February 7th and 8th in 15 media markets in the U.S. with Univision radio stations. Thanks to events such as this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
During the event, thousands of Univision radio listeners across the U.S. called in or went online to become Angeles de Esperanza (Angels of Hope), joining the #ThisShirtSavesLives movement by pledging to make a monthly donation of $20 or more to support the St. Jude mission. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Discoveries made at St. Jude are shared freely, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children around the world.
"It's an incredible privilege to partner with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital each year for the Promesa y Esperanza radio event. We are proud to give a platform to the #ThisShirtSavesLives movement and to help our community support St. Jude's important mission," said Jesus Lara, president of radio at Univision Communications Inc. "By donating and wearing the THIS SHIRT, our community continues to demonstrate its incredible heart and commitment to helping St. Jude end childhood cancer not just in the U.S., but worldwide."
The on-air push extended beyond radio, with several Univision regional and national television shows, as well as Univision online, adding support to the effort. The event coincided with a campaign encouraging Univision listeners, talent and St. Jude celebrity friends to participate by wearing and sharing photos in their THIS SHIRT on social media.
Several artists, influencers and popular Univision on-air personalities participated in the St. Jude event, including: Omar Velasco and Argelia Atilano of "El show de Omar y Argelia"; Sylvia del Valle of "La Bronca"; José Gutierrez of "El Tambochi" and Carlos Iván Páez "El Compa Iván" of El Free-Güey; Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado of "El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo"; Alejandro González and Maikel Rodríguez of "Los Pichy Boys"; Javier Romero of "Desayuno Musical"; Alberto Sardiñas of "El Show de Alberto Sardiñas"; Raúl Brindis of "El Show de Raúl Brindis"; Maria Esther Méndez and Pancho Mercado of "La Chula y La Bestia"; Santi and Laurita of AMOR 107.5; Raúl De Molina, Lili Estefan and Tanya Charry of "El Gordo y La Flaca"; Tony Dandrades, Pamela Silva Conde, Jackie Guerrido, Borja Voces of "Primer Impacto"; Francisca Lachapel, Alan Tacher, Maity Interiano and Chef Jesús of "Despierta América"; as well as Gabriela Bañuelos, Cristy Clavijo-Kish, Ana Flores, Gaby Natale, Carmen Ordoñez, members of the World Boxing Council and more.
Some of the many participating Latin artists included: Luis Fonsi, Banda El Recodo, Ednita Nazario, Luis Coronel, Virlán García, Sebastián Yatra, Calibre 50, Banda MS, Cristian De La Fuente, Kany García, Alejandra Espinoza, Intocable, Grupo Duelo, Gaby Espino, Paty Cantú, Tommy Torres, Karla Monroig, Zuleyka Rivera, Mau y Ricky, CNCO, Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Gerardo Ortiz, El Fantasma, Voz de Mando, Adriel Favela, Ulices Chaidez, Banda Los Sebastianes, Lupita Infante, Grupo Control, Natalia Jimenez, Saúl El Jaguar, Marilyn Odessa, Regulo Caro, Chiquis Rivera, Energía Norteña, Brandon Solano, Cheli Madrid, Oliver Ortiz, Pedro Capo, Willy Martin, Los Luzeros, German Montero, Adriel Favela, Jonatan Sanchez, Victoria Ortiz "La Mala," Junior Felix, Banda Los Recoditos and Banda La Maravillosa, among others.
St. Jude began celebrating radiothons in 1998 and launched the first national radiothon with Univision's radio stations in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles in 2006. The national radiothon first took place across all Univision's radio markets in 2009. Since its inception, the St. Jude/Univision national event has raised more than $65 million.
"Our founder Danny Thomas believed that 'no child should die in the dawn of life,' which is one of the driving forces in St. Jude's aim to transform cancer care worldwide to cure at least 60 percent of children with six of the most common types of cancer by 2030," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., the president and chief executive officer of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "We're able to pursue these ambitions in partnership with others because of the amazing support of our friends at Univision and the Angeles de Esperanza. Together we won't stop until no child dies from cancer."
To join the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES movement, visit stjude.org/camiseta.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.
SOURCE ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital