Chip and Joanna Gaines or more than just Magnolia media moguls. The giving couple is using their fame to help kids with cancer at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

In early June the HGTV stars kicked off the #ChipinChallenge, enlisting the help of famous friends such as Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Drew Barrymore, Kacey Musgraves, Florida Georgia Line and Jessie James Decker.

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THANK YOU ALL—you blew this thing out of the water. Because of YOU, we have raised $1.49 million for @stjude and $512,000 for the @bravelikegabe Foundation. Over TWO MILLION DOLLARS raised for the fight against cancer! This campaign is proof that when we all work together for something bigger than ourselves, anything is possible. ⠀ ⠀ And to my friend @dudedadvlog, thank you for the original challenge and motivation to do something BIG. ⠀ ⠀ And of course, also to @lauren_daigle, @drewbarrymore, @arod, @jlo, @kevinlove, @spaceykacey, @jessiejamesdecker, and @floridageorgialine—thank YOU for spreading the word and helping crush our original $230,000 goal!! #ChipInChallenge⠀ ⠀ I’d do it all again for the brave kids @stjude—we will see you soon. And to my dear friend @gigrunewald, til we meet again. #notTodayCancer

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After vowing to beat their $230,000 fundraising effort from 2017, the couple went on to raise a whopping $1.49 million (with an additional $512,000 for the Brave Like Gabe Foundation). Along with the more-than-million dollar donation, the Gaines family also gifted the St. Jude Target House with a new permanent playhouse.

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The #ChipInChallenge is for the brave kids at @StJude, for the ones just like Lizzy. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When @joannagaines and I visited St. Jude two years ago, those kids changed us—their joy, their hope, and playfulness in the face of their battle against cancer, there’s no way it couldn’t have. But you know that feeling you get when you meet someone who you feel connected to right away, like you’ve known them forever? For me, one of those people was Lizzy. She was magnetic: her curiosity, the way she talked and moved, the way she laughed.. it was angelic! She was absolutely captivating. After her courageous battle with cancer, Lizzy passed away in March of 2018. The #ChipInChallenge is for the brave kids just like Lizzy. Because I believe when we join together and ALL chip-in, even just a few bucks, we can save lives. If this just saves one life, if we just get one kid home to live happily ever after, it will all be worth it. Think about chipping in – and head to the link in my profile to see how you can help. Every one of these kids is worth it, and together we can change the world.

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In celebration of their efforts, the pair visited the Target House in Memphis, Tennessee. According to PEOPLE, Chip said, of the event, “As we walked in today, a little boy told us that he’s ‘demo day-ing’ his cancer treatment and that’s pretty much the best thing I’ve ever heard. In our world, demo day marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a newer, more exciting one.” He went on to add, “And that’s exactly what we want for you — we’re pulling for each and every one of you.”

—Erica Loop

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