Matthew West

One Last Christmas: Video Raises Money For St. Jude

December 17, 2010 at 9:50 am , by

Grab a box of Kleenex and watch one of the most powerful (and popular—it’s gotten almost 550,000 views on YouTube!) music videos of the Christmas season. The song is called “One Last Christmas,” by Grammy nominee Matthew West, and is inspired by the true story of Dax Locke, a 2-year-old boy from Washington, Illinois. At 13 months, Dax was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. His doctors told his parents he wouldn’t live to see Christmas. Their town heard Dax’s story, and put up their holiday lights early. While Dax did have his Christmas, he died five days later, on Dec. 30, 2009.

In honor of Dax, the Locke family is trying to raise $1.6 million to run St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (where Dax was treated) for a day. No patient ever sees a bill at St. Jude, and no patient is ever turned away. All of the proceeds from “One Last Christmas” go to St. Jude in Dax’s name. “You see the video and think, ‘That could have been my child,’” says West, who is a father of two. “But there’s also amazing redemption to this story, how the family and a community came together.” To make a donation, go to MatthewWest.com. —Susan Pocharski