Two radio station raise over $57,000 to help in the fight against childhood cancer.
Salina Media Group radio station Y 93.7 and Sunny 102.5 on Friday concluded a two-day radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After all was said and done, the stations collected $57,578.22.
Among the money raised was $9,894 from area school children, and the Bank of Tescott, collecting pennies. The goal was to collect a million pennies, or $10,000. The goal ended up being met when radio station general manager Bob Protzman agreed to donate the difference.
Bennington Elementary School collected the most pennies per student. The school collected 173,804 pennies. As a reward, the students will be awarded a traveling trophy and a pizza party from Y 93.7.
All money collected during the radiothon will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, whose mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer. They create more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962.