"10 years ago I visited St Jude and knew I wanted to do everything I could to help those kids and the amazing doctors who work tirelessly to find cures," Darius said.
It has been almost ten years since singer Darius Rucker first visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and now, after a decade, the singer has come to the aid of the hospital by raising over $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The 'Hootie and the Blowfish' singer announced his fundraising efforts and in the past also, the singer raised more than $425,000 during the 10th annual “Darius & Friends” benefit concert and golf outing.
10 years ago I visited @StJude and knew I wanted to do everything I could to help those kids and the amazing doctors who work tirelessly to find cures. Because of all of YOU, we’ve raised over 2 million dollars for them. Thank you. #DariusandFriends 🙏 https://t.co/gGhqFgtbIl pic.twitter.com/hQh1DXxUzs— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) June 6, 2019
This year's event happened in Nashville and the fundraising event served as an unofficial kickoff to the Country Music Awards Festival. In a report from NBC, it mentioned that more than 2,400 people attended the event and the show was sold out even before the line-up, which included the likes of Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Brett Young, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, and Travis Denning.
According to the hospital's website, the singer said, "It’s such an amazing thing. We don’t announce who’s going to be there until two weeks out or something. And we sell out in minutes, every time. Then all these big names come. Everybody we’ve ever asked has said yes.”
In a separate tweet, Rucker wrote, "10 years ago I visited @StJude and knew I wanted to do everything I could to help those kids and the amazing doctors who work tirelessly to find cures."
Speaking about being touched by how the hospital not only cares for their patients but also their families, he released a statement, saying, "I was struck on that first visit by how St. Jude not only cares for their patients but also their patients’ families. They believe that a financial burden is the last thing a family should face when their focus needs to be on helping a kid get better, and St. Jude makes sure that their patients never pay a dime. It’s an honor for us to be able to help them continue such an important mission.”
I’m excited to announce the inaugural Kyle Rudolph Charity Concert featuring @DariusRucker at @ElderHighSchool in May of 2020!! Tickets will go on sale Nov 22nd via https://t.co/LyPBs4NzCH. See you in The Pit! #Altiora pic.twitter.com/UjuYEkvKPG— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) November 15, 2019
Over the years, the 53-year-old singer has been a frequent visitor to St. Jude's. In 2014, he released the song “Possibilities,” which was inspired by a young patient he met at the hospital.