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These country stars’ wives step up to shine a spotlight on some very special kids  Instagram/@hayley_hubbard

Longtime country music fans know that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital holds a special place in the hearts of the country music community. Artists, songwriters and musicians make an annual pilgrimage to Memphis to visit with the patients in this inspiring facility and to learn about the medical milestones its physicians and scientists reach every day.

Now, the wives of several of country music’s hottest stars are making that trip west of Nashville to see how they can help the “Country Cares for St. Jude Kids” program, but from the looks of these happy faces, they are the ones that got the blessing.

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Hayley Hubbard, the wife of Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard, shared a photo on her Instagram page of the group of gorgeous spouses in matching “This Shirt Saves Lives” T-shirts standing outside of the hospital in front of a statue of the facility’s namesake. The mom-to-be writes, “Feeling extra blessed as I come home tonight after a day with these incredible women at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What a truly special place! The treatment is free of charge, and families don’t receive one bill thanks to outside donations.” She also provides a link in her bio for anyone else who wishes to help with the hospital’s remarkable new “This Shirt Saves Lives” campaign.

In addition to Hayley, the lovely brides of country stars in the picture are Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren Akins, Phillip Sweet’s (Little Big Town) wife Rebecca, Preston Brust’s (LOCASH) wife Kristen, Michael Hobby’s (A Thousand Horses) wife Caroline, Dan Smyer’s (Dan + Shay) wife Abby, Charles Kelley’s (Lady Antebellum) wife Cassie, Dierks Bentley’s wife Cassidy, Luke Bryan’s wife Caroline, David Nail’s wife Catherine and Chris Lucas’ (LOCASH) wife Kaitlyn.

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More than 80 country artists are lending their support to the “This Shirt Saves Lives” campaign in an effort to create a season of giving for the treasured hospital. Many of the participating artists are showing photos of themselves in the shirts on their social media. The simple tees that make a big difference are not for sale, but are available to generous donors who choose to become a “partner in hope” by pledging to donate $20 a month. Those big-hearted givers make it possible for children with life-threatening illnesses to receive treatment with no concern for costs. Families never receive a bill for hospitalization, medication, accommodations, food or travel, so they can focus solely are the health of their children.

If you would like to participate, go to ThisShirtSavesLives.org or StJude.org/donate. Consider it a gift to yourself and to a child who receives life-saving medical treatment … because of you.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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