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September 12, 2009 – Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic
On Saturday, September 12, 2009, the first Kick’n Kids Cancer Radiothon hit the airwaves on News/Talk 710 KURV, La Ley 102.5 & 92.7 FM and Digital 101.5 FM. The Radiothon broadcasted live from the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic in McAllen. Children from the community told incredible stories of how they have faced cancer. Volunteers answered calls for donations and pledges from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. There were approximately 200 phone bank pledges and online donations totalling 446,000.
“September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During this time of the year when we honor the survivors and remember those that lost the battle, we want to reach out to the community and inform the public that there is a growing need for pediatric cancer treatment in our region,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Bernini before the Radiothon, Medical Director, Vannie Cook Clinic. “Although overall survival rates have increased, local children are being diagnosed with cancer at alarming rates. We hope that the Kick’n Kids Cancer Radiothon will help us raise much-needed awareness and funding so that these kids have a chance at life.”
The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic, a joint effort of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center, treats hundreds of new patients each year and is the only comprehensive pediatric cancer treatment facility in South Texas.
The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic, a joint effort of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center is the region’s first state-of-the-art pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. In addition to offering diagnostic and treatment services, the clinic provides cancer genetic counseling to individuals and families concerned about their risk of cancer, offers the services of a long term survivor program which follows childhood cancer survivors through adulthood, and conducts childhood cancer epidemiology research through a joint program with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Learn More