Get your tissues ready for this one. Darius Rucker partners with the father of a St. Jude patient for a song that tugs at the heart. The tune “Possibilities” explores what it’s like being a parent of a child who has cancer. It also honors the health care workers at St. Jude as well.
Turner Simkins wrote the song to honor his son Brennan beating cancer. Friends with Rucker, the two partnered together to record the song. Proceeds go back to St. Jude to help the hospital in its fight against cancer and also delivering more good news for families.
“Brennan’s father, Turner, is a friend of mine—a really good friend,” Rucker told Southern Living. “I knew the story of this boy, and I watched him live some of it. Turner has always been a guitar player, and he’s an amateur songwriter. And he said, ‘Man, I’ve got this song that I wrote about St. Jude.’ And I said, ‘Well, send it to me.’ We figured it would be a cool thing to just cut it and let all the proceeds go to St. Jude—so that’s what we did.”
Darius Rucker Visits St. Jude
Darius Rucker has been coming to St. Jude for years to meet with various patients and children at the hospital. During that time, he’s struck up friendships with the children and also the parents there.
“I was on tour with Brad [Paisley] and Dierks [Bentley],” Rucker said. “We were in Memphis and went down to St. Jude and really hung out there that day. We walked around and met so many of the wonderful kids and talked to the doctors and the administrators, who told us how no parent ever gets a bill. That was so amazing to me, and I just wanted to be a part of it.”
Simkins’ son Brennan developed acute myeloid leukemia in 2009. Brennan had a bone marrow transplant at 7-years-old. But the procedure failed to treat the cancer. Most patients cannot receive another transplant in the same year. But Brennan was fading fast. Simkins sought out St. Jude, who was willing to help his son. Unfortunately, the road to beat cancer was a long one for the family.
Brennan’s second and third bone marrow transplants failed to cure the cancer. In 2011, doctors at St. Jude opted for a fourth transplant. The surgery was a success, and Brennan has been in remission ever since. He just recently celebrated his 19th birthday. The Simkins family goes back to St. Jude every year for a follow-up appointment.
As a result, Simkins felt inspired and wrote the tune. He partnered with Rucker to celebrate the hospital and give back for all their hard work.