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‘Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon’ set for Jan. 16

By Staff | Jan 2, 2015

The 13th annual “Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon” will be broadcast live from iHeart Studios on Metro Parkway in Fort Myers over Cat Country 107.1 FM from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16.

The radiothon benefits Barbara’s Friends, the Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund. Young cancer patients and family members will share their stories of recovery on-air. Physicians, nurses and caregivers will also provide insight into helping patients who are battling cancer.

The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, established in 1994 and located at the HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers, is a pediatric acute-care facility and the area’s only pediatric hematology/oncology program nationally certified by the Children’s Oncology Group through the National Cancer Institute. With more than 70 pediatric specialists, and six child-life specialists, including a music therapist and a specialized school teacher, Golisano Children’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art, family-centered hospital and prescribed pediatric extended care center dedicated to the unique health-care needs of children from infancy through age 18.

Barbara’s Friends-Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Barbara Haskell, who wanted to help children battling cancer and who lost her own life to breast cancer at the age of 36. The mission of Barbara’s Friends is “to fund programs, services, equipment and the best in medical care for the children of our community so no child will have to leave home for treatment.” Prior to the establishment of the Barbara’s Friends Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Outpatient Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital, local children with cancer had to go to Miami or St. Petersburg for treatment and were, of necessity, therefore, often separated from their working parents.

One hundred percent of funds donated to Barbara’s Friends, including all proceeds from the annual “Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon,” goes to help children with cancer and blood disorders, providing vital medical equipment, clinical support, counseling services and more to patients and their families. In particular, Barbara’s Friends has pledged $10 million toward the building of the Barbara’s Friends Hematology Oncology Center that will occupy the fifth floor of the new tower of the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The tower is now under construction and expected to open in April of 2017.

Local media celebrities will make special appearances to encourage giving and representatives of local businesses will also be on hand to present their own special gifts to the fund.

Mel’s Diner, a major sponsor of the radiothon, is offering a breakfast on Jan. 16, from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., of two eggs, two pancakes, two pieces of bacon, coffee and juice for only a $5 donation to the children’s cancer fund. While there, if you become a Guardian Angel with a pledge of $300, you will receive a $100 Mel’s gift card.

Supporters may tune in to Cat Country 107.1 FM or watch the event online at www.catcountryonline.com. Pledges may be called in anytime to 1-866-609-KIDS (5437). You may also

For more information, contact Sally Wilson at Sally.Wilson@LeeMemorial.org or call 239-343-6950.