We've met a lot of extraordinary people over the past 21 years during our Cat Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothons.

Cousin Vinnie with Chris Coleman / Townsquare Media
Cousin Vinnie with Chris Coleman / Townsquare Media

One of those extraordinary people is Cousin Vinnie -- a man who worked tirelessly to raise money any way he could (quite literally) for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

I only ever saw him once a year during our radiothons. We usually didn't know when he was going to show up... you would just turn around and there he was. He would talk with us on the air for a few minutes and at the end, like it was no big deal, he would put six, seven, or eight thousand dollars (or more) on the table for us to give to the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The running joke among us was that with a name like 'Vinnie' and being that he was from New Jersey, we didn't want to know how he was able to raise so much money. But when I say he worked tirelessly, that's not a big enough word to describe what he did for the kids of St. Jude.

Cousin Vinnie passed away in the summer of 2014. And while he is no longer with us, we remember him during every radiothon.

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