Q98.5 will hold its 14th Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon Friday, March 10, from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 11 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the center court at the CherryVale Mall. During this two-day event, the stations favorite on-air personalities will be raising money and awareness for St. Jude by sharing patient stories and information. Q98.5 joins the Country Cares family and more than 200 major market radio stations throughout the country in helping St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital fight catastrophic childhood diseases, such as cancer, sickle-cell anemia and pediatric AIDS. Local businesses and area residents can pledge their support by calling 1-888-286-4673 during the radiothon, or anytime by visiting www.q985.com .
Last year, the Q98.5 radiothon touched the hearts of listeners, and thanks to their generosity, contributions reached more than $212,000! Local St. Jude patient families, along with more than 100 volunteers, will join Q98.5 in its efforts to raise money for St. Jude again this year. The St. Jude Country Cares program was started by Randy Owen of the legendary country group Alabama. Owen challenged the country music industry to support St. Jude in 1989 after meeting St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Ever since the programs inception, Country Cares has grown to become one of the most successful radio fund-raising events in the country, raising more than $120 million in pledges for St. Jude through more than 200 major market radio stations across the country.
The late entertainer, Danny Thomas, founded St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in 1962. It is the first institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research of catastrophic diseases in children, and is the single largest center in the United States for the treatment and research of childhood catastrophic diseases. Since its opening, the hospital has treated more than 20,000 children from across the United States and 60 foreign countries and freely shares all research findings with doctors and scientists all over the world. All children admitted to the hospital are treated regardless of their ability to pay.
From the March 8-14, 2006, issue