This Thursday and Friday, March 15th and 16th, Frederick Memorial Hospital, the American Cancer Society and Nassau Broadcasting stations Key 103 and 106.9 the Eagle will kick off the third annual Relay for Life Radiothon. Volunteers will be manning the phones and accepting donations from 5:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on both days. Listeners who want to make donations can call 240-566-3704 or visit the Relay for Life Radiothon website.
The 2011 Relay for Life Radiothon raised $30,242, and every last penny went to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which in turn provides support to the cancer patients Frederick Memorial Hospital cares for every day. ACS programs include Road to Recovery, which offers rides to help cancer patients find transportation for appointments and the Look Good, Feel Better program, which helps patients manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. ACS also funds more research than any other organization, second only to the federal government.
“The Relay for Life Radiothon is a great fundraiser, but even more importantly it’s a source of hope,” says Laurie Frey, Community Manager of the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. “Our Relay for Life mantra this year is ‘HOPE > cancer’ – hope is greater than cancer. The Radiothon helps us spread hope and raise the funds needed to give cancer patients reason after reason to feel inspired to fight to be well.”
Hope will be the focus of a March 14th kickoff event beginning at noon, where representatives from all three organizations will gather with local dignitaries for a luminary lighting ceremony in the FMH BirthPlace lobby. The luminaries will remain lit throughout the radiothon as visual reminders of the hope we’re working to provide to cancer survivors throughout Frederick County.
“This is our third year partnering with Nassau Broadcasting to bring the Relay for Life Radiothon to the greater Frederick community,” says FMH Director of Marketing and Communications Harry Grandinett. “Our first two Radiothon events have had a dramatic impact on the level of public awareness of the remarkable level of cancer care available right here in Frederick. We’re looking forward to another successful event and raising money to help the fight to end this disease.”
As in previous years, the broadcast will feature stories of hope from cancer survivors and their caregivers. We will also have interviews with prominent medical professionals from throughout the continuum of care at Frederick Regional Health System.
“Everyone at Key 103 and 106.9 the Eagle is eagerly anticipating this third-annual event. We’ve been humbled every year by the outpouring of community support, and it keeps growing!” says Assistant Program Director Sean Morrissey. “It’s so moving to know our efforts raise money that supports our own friends, family and neighbors. The money raised helps provide care and services for cancer patients in our area.”
The Relay for Life Radiothon is made possible by the generosity of hundreds of volunteers and cancer survivors. Anyone interested in participating can contact Laurie Frey at the American Cancer Society, firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-514-2783.