Anthony Hamilton performs at the 2019 V-103 Winterfest
Anthony Hamilton performs at the 2019 V-103 Winterfest
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Stream the World Sickle Cell Day Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The St. Jude benefit will feature Kirk Franklin, Anthony Hamilton, and more.

Listen to good music, have a few laughs, and celebrate a good cause. It doesn’t get much better than that. 

Friday, June 19th is World Sickle Cell Day, an annual day of awareness for a disease that affects about 100,000 people all over the country. For 60 years, Memphis hospital St. Jude has done a tremendous amount of work trying to eradicate the disease. In the ‘80s, St. Jude was the first institution to cure sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant. Now, the hospital has one of the largest sickle cell disease programs in the country, treating almost 900 patients a year.

For this year’s World Sickle Cell Day, they have something special in mind. The hospital is teaming up with First Tube Media for a special virtual event, happening Thursday, June 18th, from 6 to 8 PM ET.

It will be a star-studded event. You will see appearances from Kirk Franklin, Anthony Hamilton, Marsha Ambrosius, Erica Campbell, MAJOR., Anthony Brown, Jonathan McReynolds, Vivian Green, comedian George Willborn, and more. The event will feature musical performances, conversations, comedy, and other cool surprises. The best part about it all, though, is that the event is free and open to the general public. Donations to St. Jude are very much encouraged, however.

Sickle Cell is a disease that is most commonly found in African-Americans and Hispanics. About one out of 365 Black babies in the United States are born with sickle cell disease. So St. Jude needs your help. Please visit to support the important research and efforts to find a cure for Sickle Cell disease. Check out the livestream below or on St. Jude social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.