I recently took my 7th trip to Memphis to tour St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Each time I go, I learn something new about this amazing place, as well as re-energize myself to raise funds for them.  It takes $1.8 million a day to run St. Jude, and a majority of that cost is received through donations.

No child or family ever receives a bill from St. Jude.  Once a child is accepted as a patient, the only focus is on curing their illness.  As I watched patients and their parents walk through the halls of the hospital, I saw no tears or frowns.  Only smiles and determination.  That is noteworthy, considering at some point the parents heard the words "Your child has cancer."

Below are some pictures taken during this year's trip.  No patients or families could be photographed due to privacy laws.

Me with X-Factor winner and Belton Missouri's Tate Stevens
There are researchers from all over the world working at St. Jude. Each flag represents their home country.
This is from the "ABC's of Cancer". Partners in Hope are vital to the mission of St. Jude.
The hospital is very bright and cheerfully decorated. The kids are allowed to play everywhere.
Here are a few of the celebrities that support St. Jude.
St. Jude is always expanding in an effort to provide world class care and research.
Here is a bust of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. The nose is copper because everyone rubs it to bring good luck.
Here's the "ABC's of Cancer" Wall.
This statue stands outside the main hospital. Danny Thomas surrounded by kids.