Home » Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon raises funds over the airwaves
January 29, 2009 – Texas Children’s Hospital
On December 19, Houston-area airwaves were filled with the courageous stories of Texas Children’s Cancer Center patients, former patients and their families during the fifth annual Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon to help fight childhood cancer. Houstonians tuned in to Cox Radio-Houston stations, The New 93Q, Country Legends 97.1, 106.9 The Point and 107.5 K-Hits for the two-day event, and rallied together to raise more than $770,000 in gifts and pledges for cancer treatment and research conducted at Texas Children’s Hospital.
The participating stations, which temporarily set up shop in the Cancer Center’s recording studio on the 14th floor of the Clinical Care Center, conducted live broadcasts and interviews with patients and families, as well as some of Texas Children’s leading physicians and researchers.
In addition to co-presenting sponsors Foresters and SUEZ Energy Resources, Channel 39 KIAH also played an integral part in the success of this year’s Radiothon. Television viewers were urged to listen to the miraculous stories of the many patients that were braving the course of cancer. One of the patients featured on both TV and radio was 19-year-old Cancer Center patient, David Murphy.
Just over a year ago, Murphy was living the dream life of a college athlete. He had just moved into his freshman dorm and was beginning his college baseball career at the University of Houston (UH).
The UH athletic department often asks their athletes to give back to the community by serving as volunteers at Texas Children’s Hospital. After the appropriate training and a meeting with Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, chief of the long-term survivor clinic at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Murphy and his teammates became volunteers with the Cancer Center.
Away from his volunteer work, Murphy was barely into his freshman classes when he noticed his neck was swollen. After two separate trips to his health center, Murphy received shocking news.
“When the doctor called and said I needed to go to the hospital because I might have leukemia, I didn’t know what to think,” recalled Murphy. “I didn’t even know that leukemia was cancer.”
Because of his relationship with Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Murphy and his family knew exactly where to turn. Soon, he found himself as a patient of the Cancer Center—instead of a volunteer.
Murphy became an inspiration to his University of Houston Cougar baseball teammates and to the much younger kids at the hospital who were enduring exactly the same thing that he was. Because of Murphy’s exceptionally positive attitude during the worst of his treatment, Dr. Dreyer and the rest of the staff began calling him “Mr. Invincible.” After months of treatment, Murphy is now cancer-free and has become an advocate for Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Murphy participated in the Radiothon as a way to support the Cancer Center in hopes that every child facing cancer can also become invincible by not letting the disease beat them.
“I tell everyone that Texas Children’s is the best place for kids,” said Ellen Murphy, David’s mom. “There is just so much life, so much hope, here. It gives you the courage to believe everything is going to be OK.”