Sheryl Crow Recalls Almost Adopting a St. Jude Patient [Video]
When asked if she had a St. Jude moment, Sheryl Crow didn’t hesitate. The internationally-known singer has been working with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for almost 20 years, but remembers one little girl who stole her heart at a time when she was exhausted.
Crow tells Taste of Country that her band decided to visit a children’s hospital in every city they toured in just after the song ‘All I Want to Do’ had caught fire. They started with St. Jude in Memphis, where they found a girl who’d been in a car accident.
“Both her parents and her siblings were killed, and she was 2-and-a-half. And no one was coming forward,” Crow recalls. She was ready to begin the adoption proceedings when a distant family member stepped forward, but the warmth with which Marlo Thomas and the staff at St. Jude embraced this girl, and all families who stay for treatment, left an impression on the ‘Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely’ singer.
“I was just amazed at the beautiful way they wrap their arms around families that come through there,” Crow shares. “I’ve been involved ever since.”
For 25 years, country radio, artists and record labels have helped raise more than $500 million, ensuring that no one ever pays a dime for treatment at St. Jude.
“No child should die in the dawn of life,” founder Danny Thomas once said. Help make that wish a reality by making a donation or becoming a Partner in Hope. Donations can be made by phone at 800-343-4077.
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