Actor Patrick Warburton is back again to cheerlead fundraising efforts in the Coachella Valley as the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway nears its 10,000 ticket sales goal.
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Warburton is a longtime supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and its mission.
His celebrity golf tournament has been held in the valley since 2011 and has raised over $15.6 million for St. Jude.
"Kids don't know any other lives, their lives are full. They have doctors, teachers, a great support system. Parents are the ones who have to live with it in their heads what could potentially happen. It's unimaginable as a parent to have to deal with this," Warburton said.
One parent we last introduced you, Kristen Tanner and her now cancer-free daughter Natalie from Palm Desert met Warburton at a St. Jude fashion show.
"When she walked down runway, she must done it like 15 times, people wouldn't let her get off the runway. It was joyous," Tanner said.
And that joy is what events like the St Jude Dream Home giveaway and the Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament aspire to bring to kids, helping to raise money for their treatments.
"Thanks to the people of Coachella Valley, we became the number one event of its kind for St. Jude within about 2 to 3 years," Warburton said.
It all started 11 years ago when Warburton, the famous voice of Joe in "Family Guy," Kronk from Emperor’s New Groove, and more, was asked to do cartoon voices.
"I met a little guy patient at St. Jude, and was doing some cartoon voices. Someone asked if I would read to kids, my wife and I have always wanted to help with an organization helping with pediatric cancer," Warburton said.
A decade later, with millions of dollars raised, he’s still at it. The world may know Warburton as a beloved actor on screen but for patients and parents, it’s his work behind the scenes that has helped save so many lives.
The 2021 Warburton is currently set for April 8 through April 11, but those dates are still pending state approval. Tournament organizers are planning to hold all events outdoors and limiting the number of guests and tickets made available to the public.
You can get learn more about the Warburton, including the latest updates on event dates, at thewarburton.com.
For more information on St. Jude visit www.stjude.org/