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Annual radiothon to support local children battling cancer

By Staff | Jan 15, 2020

The 18th annual “Helping Kids with Cancer” Radiothon will be held on Jan. 24 and feature on-air appeals by pediatric cancer patients, medical professionals and celebrity guests.

The Radiothon will air live from Mel’s Diner, at 1331 N.E. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, on Cat Country 107.1 FM, as well as CatCountry1071.iheart.com and on the iHeart Radio app, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Periodic updates and announcements from the event also will be shared on 95.3 FM OLZ.

The Radiothon benefits Barbara’s Friends – Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund. Young patients and families battling cancer and life-threatening blood disorders face challenges physically, emotionally and financially. Donations made to Barbara’s Friends support cancer care for children and provide equipment, medical services, emergency assistance and financial assistance through the Kimmie’s Angels Family Assistance Program so families can focus on helping their children get well. The hospital does not deny treatment for any child as a result of their family’s inability to pay.

Kadin Williams was undergoing treatment for cancer when he participated in last year’s radiothon. Despite months of treatment for kidney cancer, he smiled brightly. This year, with spiked hair and signature blue glasses, Kadin will celebrate the end of his treatment and return home to his family by joining other pediatric cancer patients to raise money for other kids.

“The hospital itself is like a second home because we’ve been there so much,” Amanda Williams, Kadin’s mother, said. “We couldn’t have been in a better place to go through what we went through. There are no words to express the gratitude for what they’ve done. Golisano (Children’s Hospital) made it possible for us to stay here and not to have to travel somewhere else. And I have him.”

During the 12-hour radiothon, diners at all five Mel’s Diner locations in Southwest Florida can enjoy a special radiothon breakfast for a $5 donation. Additionally, those who become an “Angel” by making a $300 donation will receive a $100 Mel’s gift card.

Mel’s Diner has raised more than $2.7 million through the Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon.

“With the generosity of Mel’s customers, staff, businesses and community involvement, we will continue helping Kids with Cancer one penny at a time,” Catering Manager Bill Malstrom said.

“Every dollar we raised at radiothon will stay right here in this community to help children being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital,” Al Kinkle, chairman of Barbara’s Friends, said. “It’s heartwarming to see this community rally together for a cause. Supporters recognize that every donation, large or small, can potentially save a child’s life.”

Phone in a pledge by at 866-609-KIDS or visit LeeHealthFoundation.org/Radiothon.