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The voice that launched the Jimmy Fund

Jimmy with microphone

During his treatment for cancer in the late 1940s, "Jimmy" longed for a television set so he could watch his favorite baseball team — the Boston Braves. His wish was granted after Ralph Edwards interviewed him on the national "Truth or Consequences" radio show on May 22, 1948.

During the broadcast, Edwards spoke to the young cancer patient from his Hollywood studio as Braves players crowded into Jimmy's hospital room. The show ended with a plea for listeners to send donations so Jimmy could get his TV set. Not only did he get his wish, but more than $200,000 was collected and the Jimmy Fund was born.

Listen to the May 22, 1948, broadcast (MP3 format)