Radiothon Raises $150,000+ for Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
The fifth annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Radiothon, hosted by MIX 100.5, raised at least $150,000, a testament to the value the community places on having a local children’s hospital. Contributions continue to be made and counted.
The radiothon was held Feb. 26-29 at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and EastView Mall in Victor. Chuck Kelley, Katie Burdett, and Marc Spencer, on-air hosts from MIX 100.5, served as anchors during the four-day event. Throughout the weekend, they interviewed children, families, and health care professionals who have been touched by Golisano Children’s Hospital, and encouraged listeners to pledge support.
This year’s radiothon was dedicated to John Clary, an 18-year-old Pavilion boy who died in February, more than six years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was a staple at each year’s radiothon, joining the hosts and sharing his story with listeners.
John’s parents, Kevin and Rhonda Clary, attended the entire radiothon, volunteering their time to ensure the event ran smoothly. As the radiothon was drawing to a close Sunday evening, and in jeopardy of falling short of the fund-raising goal, the family provided one of the most dramatic moments in radiothon history. As host Marc Spencer implored listeners to call with last-minute pledges, Rhonda Clary remembered that she had her son’s wallet. Kevin Clary took it to the hosts, who counted $20 that helped reach the goal. “It felt like energy was coming out of the wallet,” Kevin says. The MIX hosts were left nearly speechless. “That’s amazing,” Chuck Kelley said. “John’s last $20.”
Everyone at Golisano Children’s Hospital extends thanks to MIX 100.5 and Clear Channel Communications for their continuing support of children. They also extend a special thanks to Xerox Federal Credit Union, Patio Enclosures, Pettis Pools, Quality Home Funding, and Piccadilly Toys, all of which served as sponsors.
Proceeds from the 2004 radiothon will help fund priority projects such as construction of a new, 22-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Surgical Suite. Funds will also be used to provide comfort items for children and their families to use during their hospital stay.