On March 24, country singer-songwriter, RaeLynn, celebrated the release of her debut album, WildHorse, at Texas Children’s Hospital. The day was filled with excitement as the Baytown native made her first donation from The RaeLynn Diabetes Fund to the hospital, which she credits for saving her life when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12.
Dr. Jake Kushner, chief of diabetes and endocrinology at Texas Children’s, accepted the gift on behalf of the hospital and thanked RaeLynn for her support of patients just like her.
“We are honored to have this emphasis on Type 1 diabetes, which is a special source of passion for us at Texas Children’s Hospital,” Kushner said. “For those of us who have spent our lives dedicated to the children who have Type 1 diabetes, it’s also very important to us to see adults who are living with the disease, too.”
Because of RaeLynn’s special contributions to the city of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner was on hand to proclaim March 24 “RaeLynn Day.”
“On behalf of the city of Houston, we are so proud of you and know that your best days are ahead of you,” Turner said. “I’m always thrilled to support the amazing talent that comes from the city of Houston.”
Following the proclamation, patients joined RaeLynn in the hospital’s Kids’ Own Studio to listen to songs off of her album and smile for photos.
“The care that this hospital gave me at such a young age and the confidence it gave me to just be really comfortable with my diabetes is just absolutely incredible,” RaeLynn said. “I’m so honored to be able to stand here today and give from my diabetes fund on a day that is so special to me.”
More about RaeLynn
RaeLynn’s breakthrough came after appearing on NBC’s hit show, The Voice, in 2012. Since then, her career as soared with her current single “Love Triangle” reaching sales milestones and the music video racking up more than 5 million views. Recently nominated for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards fan-voted THE FRESHEST! – BEST NEW ARTIST COUNTRY and selected as a 2017 “Country Artist to Watch” by Pandora Radio, Napster and Billboard, RaeLynn has tallied 104 million plus cumulative career streams.
She is poised to follow in the early success of her Top 10, GOLD-certified song “God Made Girls” that has racked up more than 925,000 track equivalent sales and has been streamed more than 48 million times. The track was nominated in 2016 for Radio Disney’s Favorite Country Song, earned her recognition as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and was the highest charting debut single by a solo female in 2014. The music video has accumulated more than 28 million views and earned her a pair of CMT Music Award nominations for Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year in 2015.
More about Texas Children’s Diabetes and Endocrine Care Center
The Texas Children’s Diabetes and Endocrine Care Center is a leader in the research and treatment of children with diabetes and endocrine disorders. The center provides diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of endocrine dysfunctions, including:
- congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- growth hormone deficiency
- precocious puberty
We also treat and educate both established and newly diagnosed diabetes patients and their families in self-management of all aspects of types 1 and 2 diabetes.