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February 1, 2009 – Texas Children’s Hospital
by Elizabeth Hipp
Courageous and inspiring stories of young patients battling cancer filled Houston-area airwaves recently during Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s fifth annual radiothon.
The two-day Cure Kids Cancer radiothon raised more than $770,000 to fight childhood cancer through treatment and research conducted at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Participating station were members of the Cox Radio network, including The New 93Q, Country Legends 97.1, 106.9 The Point and 107.5 K-Hits. The stations temporarily set up shop in the hospital’s recording studio on the 14th floor of the Clinical Care Center building. DJs conducted live broadcasts and interviews with current and former patients and their families, as well as some of Texas Children’s leading physicians and researchers.
One of the patients featured was 19-year-old 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 after joining the University of Houston baseball team. The UH athletic department encourages its athletes to give back to the community by serving as volunteers at Texas Children’s Hospital. After meeting with ZoAnn Dreyer, M.D., chief of the center’s long-term survivor clinic, and undergoing volunteer training, Murphy and his teammates began volunteering.
Away from his volunteer work, Murphy was barely into his freshman classes when he noticed his neck was swollen. After two separate trips to the university’s 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.
Because of his relationship with Texas Children’s, 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 he was. Because of Murphy’s positive and uplifting attitude during the worst of his treatment, 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.
“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.”
Cox Radio-Houston was the presenting sponsor of the Cure Kids Cancer radiothon. Co-presenting sponsors were Foresters and SUEZ Energy Resources.