We've met a lot of extraordinary people over the past 17 years during our Cat Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothons.

First things first, a huge thank you to all of our amazing volunteers that help us year after year. Thank you if you have already (or will be soon!!) picked-up the phone and called 1-800-372-4999 and became a Partner in Hope.  Thank you for supporting the amazing kids and their families at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Getting back to what I was saying, we've met a lot of amazing people while we've done our radiothons. And it's on a day like today that we're asking you to support the kids of St. Jude that we all think about Cousin Vinnie.

Cousin Vinnie with Chris Coleman / Townsquare Media

Cousin Vinnie was a man who worked tirelessly to raise money any way he could for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I usually only saw him once a year -- and often, it was a surprise -- we would see him walking towards our stage out at the mall. He would go on the air with us and it wouldn't be uncommon for him to hand us a check for 7, 8, or even 9 thousand dollars. And he would sometimes even apologize, wishing he had raised more.

Cousin Vinnie passed away in the summer of 2014. And while he is no longer with us, we will always remember and be grateful for everything that he did for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.