"Hey St. Jude"
Celebrities have joined forces to create a video of the Beatles' song "Hey Jude" to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The video features Keith Urban, Jennifer Aniston, Lady Antebellum, Betty White, Darius Rucker, Michael Jordan, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Oz, Kellie Pickler, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Shaun White, Jordin Sparks, Michael Strahan, and many more artists, as well as children who are patients at the hospital and hospital staff and researchers, who sing verses or just the long "na na na na" tag at end of the song.
The video was created to highlight September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and celebrates the 50 years of lifesaving efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In a press release issued on Sept. 25, Jordin Sparks said:
“Singing an iconic song like Hey Jude with an all-star cast of musicians, athletes, actors, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patients was an incredible experience. I’m so proud to support the hospital’s mission, and hope everyone will check out the music video on heystjude.org!”
It also features a performance from 11-year-old Keshaun. Keshaun, who is receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia at St. Jude, hasn’t let cancer treatment put a damper on his life-long love for singing and dancing.
The hospital is also selling a T-shirt available on the site that will benefit the hospital.
The “Hey St. Jude” video was produced by Tony Thomas, Hollywood producer and son of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. For more information visit stjude.org.
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