A Roanoke radio station, two of its disc jockeys and the Children’s Miracle Network are celebrating a big haul of donations.
94.9 Star Country and its popular morning DJs, Robynn James and Brett Sharp, hosted a 21-hour radiothon on Friday and Saturday to raise money for Cure Kids Cancer, a Children’s Miracle Network program. The ‘thon had raised more than $213,000 by the time it went off the air, and donations since then have added about $6,000 to the total, according to Erin Hildreth, Roanoke director of Children’s Miracle Network Roanoke.
The 4th annual event was the network’s most successful to date, Hildreth wrote in an e-mail.
All donations will remain in Roanoke, where they will help treat pediatric oncology patients at Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital. Hildreth wrote that Roanoke has the only pediatric oncology in the Roanoke/Lynchburg radio market, and the clinic is treating and more than 200 cancer-stricken children. Some cancer survivors spoke during the radiothon, encouraging listeners to give in honor of their fight and victory over cancer.
“It’s been a hard year for everyone and the philanthropic climate has certainly changed, but this weekend is a reminder that Southwest Virginia cares about it’s community and is the best place to live and work,” Hildreth wrote.