ORLANDO (WFLA) – Feld Entertainment revved up support for St. Jude Children’s Research hospital during the Monster Jam World Finals in Orlando over the weekend.
The finals displayed a 10.5-foot tall, 12,000-pound Monster Jam truck, complete with artwork by a 13-year-old St. Jude patient named Calvin.
Monster Jam surprised the boy by unveiling his artwork on the life-sized truck named “Emoji Strong.” Calvin drew the emojis featured on the truck when drivers visited St. Jude Children’s Hospital in 2019.
Calvin was diagnosed with a with a soft tissue cancer and was treated with chemotherapy and proton therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“The impact that unique and creative partnerships like this have on the future of research and treatment for kids with cancer and other catastrophic diseases is amazing, and we are so grateful for them,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Monster Jam has raised more than $100,000 for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2020, and what better place to celebrate this incredible support, and Calvin’s creativity, than at the Monster Jam World Finals.”
A limited-edition diecast truck with Calvin’s Emoji Strong design are available online for purchase. Monster Jam will donate $10 for each purchase of the collector’s item to support St. Jude.
Families at St. Jude never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, thanks to the support of donors and partners.