How many of you post artwork from your children on your desk at work or on the refrigerator at home? I know I do. The artwork usually represents happy times; the sun in shining, a dog is playing, the birds are chirping and children are playing.  Imagine for a second that your child wasn't drawing happy pictures of sunny days playing ball in the backyard, but instead, they were the dreaded images that cancer brings. Until we find a cure, young children in hospitals all over the world and right here in the Capital Region will be drawing heartbreaking images like the one I'm about to show you.

Of the many things that left an indelible mark on me during my visit to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis last month, none was more powerful than the artwork displayed by kids fighting to save their lives. This particular wall of art, featured an alphabet of pictures and each child was designated one of the 26 letters.  This child had the letter Y. The artwork contained images of things like needles, throwing up from chemo treatments, and taking medicine.  Cancer is evil, or as one St. Jude patient puts it, Yucky.

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Every Partner in Hope will also receive  "THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES" t-shirt that you can wear alongside dozens of country artists to show your support for St. Jude Children's Hospital. You'll also get a ticket to the 2nd Annual Heartstrings for Hope concert at Upstate Concert Hall starring Luke Combs.