Home » Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon drives in more than $2.1 million for Texas Children’s Cancer Center
HOUSTON – Dec. 21, 2007 – Texas Children’s Hospital
For the fourth year in a row, airwaves were filled with the courageous stories of young cancer patients, former patients and their families in an effort that netted $2,100,554.00 in pledges for the fight against childhood cancer. The jocks of The New 93Q Country, Country Legends 97.1, 106.9 The Point and 107.5 K-Hits, were not just spinning records as they broadcasted live from Texas Children’s Cancer Center—they were breaking them. This year’s Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon raised more money than ever before. The record-breaking amount raised in this year’s Radiothon was largely made possible by a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor.
The money raised will help support innovative research and treatment advances aimed at curing and preventing childhood cancer. The funds will also facilitate the patient care and education at Texas Children’s Cancer Center – the largest pediatric hematology and oncology center in the nation.
“The cost of conducting life-saving research is extraordinary and we are increasingly dependent on the giving spirit of those eager to help us work toward our goal of curing childhood cancer,” said Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
The Radiothon is organized each year by Katie Kalenda, Development Manager at Texas Children’s Hospital and Program Director for Children’s Miracle Network. The 3-day Radiothon is part of the Cure Kids Cancer Coalition – a network of pediatric cancer centers, which raises funds and educates the public about the important, ongoing work in the country’s finest pediatric cancer centers.
Without the partnership between Texas Children’s Hospital and Cox Radio-Houston, the success of the event would never be possible. “Through our partnership with Cox Radio – Houston we are able to tell the very compelling story of our patients to a massive audience, and because of the enthusiastic partnership of so many departments within the hospital, we are able to reach new levels of support each year,” said Katie Kalenda.
“Cox Radio – Houston’s commitment to Texas Children’s Cancer Center is tremendous,” noted John Scales, senior vice president of Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. “Their philanthropic leadership in the Houston community sets a wonderful example, and we are fortunate to have them as a partner in our mission to heal sick children.”