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Stations, Bush Hog help St. Jude

Bush Hog customer represenative Karen Peacock and Bush Hog Human Resources Manager David Middlebrooks, far left, hold a $1,000 check for the St. Jude Organization Wednesday at KIX Country Radio during a radiothon meant to raise money for the hospital. From left to right, KIX Country Station manager Wayne Sharpe, station president Paul Alexander, station CEO Scott Alexander are picture with operations manager Todd Prater kneeled in front of the group. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Bush Hog customer represenative Karen Peacock and Bush Hog Human Resources Manager David Middlebrooks, far left, hold a $1,000 check for the St. Jude Organization Wednesday at KIX Country Radio during a radiothon meant to raise money for the hospital. From left to right, KIX Country Station manager Wayne Sharpe, station president Paul Alexander, station CEO Scott Alexander are picture with operations manager Todd Prater kneeled in front of the group. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

The Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority was able to raise more than $10,000 to benefit a children’s hospital with some help from a manufacturing company and radio stations in Selma.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha, KIX Country, Alex FM and Jam 96 hosted their annual radiothon Wednesday to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, an internationally recognized hospital for research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Bush Hog representatives visited the radio station studios Wednesday Selma to present the sorority with a $1,000 check for the hospital.

“Many of our employees have benefited from the hospital’s work there, so we wanted to take the opportunity to give back to that,” Bush Hog Human Resources Manager David Middlebrooks said.

Middlebrooks said Bush Hog made the donation to match up to $1,000 of what their employees give and challenged other businesses to do the same.

“Step up to the plate and help St. Jude,” Middlebrooks said to encourage other businesses and the general public.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962, according to the hospital’s website.

“St. Jude does wonderful work helping kids,” Middlebrooks said. “Even some of the kids of our employees through the years have benefited greatly through the work they are doing.”

Radio officials said they wanted help a cause that benefits the local area.

“We realize that St. Jude has helped children from this area in the past, and the fact that we can come together with sororities just means the world to us,” KIX Country radio station president Paul Alexander said.

Karen Peacock ESA member and customer service representative said the sorority recognizes St. Jude as their national project.

“It just very near dear to our hearts,” Peacock said.