The Jake Owen Foundation, established in 2010, was created to continue to support the Mardy Fish Foundation and its mission to assist youth in Indian River County, and to expand its support nationally to children battling cancer and other childhood diseases. Through Jakes association with the country music community, he has had the opportunity to visit children and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN who are benefiting from the extensive research and patient care the hospital provides. Once a patient is accepted, St. Jude covers all medical costs beyond those covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude Hospital Children’s Hospital also provides transportation, lodging, and meals for one parent and child. Nicholas Weiss was one of the many special children Jake met a few years ago, who was battling a devastating childhood disease. Nicholas became and inspiration to Jake and fueled his passion to support St. Jude and these types of causes. In June of this year, young Nicholas lost his battle shortly before his 10th birthday, but as a result of their special friendship, Jake has dedicated himself to raise awareness for children like Nicholas and their families who face these difficult struggles.
The Jake Own Foundation will direct money raised through Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest to Mardy Fish Foundation and to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is the single largest center in the U.S. for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other childhood catastrophic diseases. Jake has reached out to the country music community to assist him with his Foundation and uts case by asking artists to join him for the Jake Owen concert, which is part of the annual Fundraiser, Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest.