The Celebrity Apprentice winner musician John Rich recently revealed that the birth of his son Cash increased his commitment to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the beneficiary of his $250,000 win.
Rich said he first became involved with St. Jude in 1995 as a bass player for Lonestar.
“As a young punk kid in a rowdy country band, I was sobered by going there,” he said, according to Celebrity Baby Scoop. “I walked in as a young bachelor, and it knocked me down then. But going back now as a guy with a 15-month-old son, you walk in that hospital…their parents are in agony, scared to death of what’s going to happen next…It’s almost more than you can stand.”
He is one of several celebrities whose causes have become personal after having a child.
Madonna: The pop star took her philanthropy halfway around the world to the African nation of Malawi, where she adopted her son David and daughter Mercy. She also helped found Raising Malawi to help orphans there.
Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete: The talk show host and her husband, who are parents of four, founded their HollyRod Foundation in part because of their experience with their son RJ, who is autistic.
Nicholas Cage: The actor and father of two has supported to the tune of millions of dollars an Amnesty International fund that helps child soldiers.
Susan St. James and Dick Ebersol: The actress and the former Saturday Night Live executive producer donated $1.2 million in memory of their son Teddy , who at age 14 was killed in a plane crash, to The Gunnery to pay for a dormitory and Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields at Lederman Park in Boston.
- Ben Stiller: The comedic actor supports several charities, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.
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