By Ryan Buxton, EnStars | Sep 25, 2012 07:05 PM EDT
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Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres and Michael Jordan are among the slew of celebrities who sing along to The Beatles' hit "Hey Jude" in a new promotional video for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The celebrities are also joined by St. Jude staff and patients in the video, which seeks to raise awareness and help the research hospital fulfill its goal of raising $835 million by September of next year.
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The message behind "Hey Jude," which was written by Paul McCartney, has a special place in the heart of the St. Jude family, according to Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the St. Jude fundraising organization
"Taking a sad song and making it better, that's what we are," Shadyac said. "We're about taking really sad stories and desperate cases and making those kids better and giving families hope. That's what we do at St. Jude."
The star-studded video features famous supporters of St. Jude including Betty White, Jimmy Kimmel, Keith Urban, Robin Williams, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Jordin Sparks, Dr. Oz, Shaun White, Lady Antebellum, Michael Strahan, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum, John Rich and Big Kenny, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Darius Rucker, Juanes, Elisa Neal, Malin Ackerman, Rick Berry, Mike Conley, Rachael Leigh Cook, David DeLuise, Luis Fonsi, Daisy Fuentes, Billy Gardell, Josie Loren, Randy Owen and Musiq Soulchild.
Shadyac said he hopes the inspirational video will move potential supporters and donors to offer help to the hospital in its quest to heal children with terminal illnesses.
"It is truly wonderful to see how the 'Hey Jude' video brings together in such an inspiring way an amazing cast of celebrity friends, patients and faithful supporters of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," Shadyac said. "We are grateful to everyone who joined us in this creative endeavor as we continue to mobilize the world in the fight against cancer and other catastrophic diseases that threaten so many precious children. I urge all video viewers to learn more about our mission by visiting heystjude.org where they will also have the opportunity to receive a limited-edition T-shirt featured in the video."
Hanks, who is having a good year and may potentially be up for two lead actor Oscar nominations next year for his work in both 'Captain Phillips' and 'Saving Mr. Banks', has other reasons to celebrate besides his successful career. He’s been married to actress Rita Wilson ('It’s Complicated', 'Runaway Bride') since 1988. Their 25-year marriage has seen Hanks win back-to-back lead actor Oscars for 'Philadelphia' and 'Forrest Gump', and the birth of two sons, Chester and Truman.
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