The third-annual Relay for Life Radiothon was a huge success, raising more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society. The following is a very special and heart-felt message from American Cancer Society Community Manager Laurie Frey:
I often use the phrase “it takes a village” to explain the work that I am so fortunate to do in the Frederick community. Although I’m the single American Cancer Society (ACS) staff partner assigned to Frederick County, I am supported by an amazing army of folks who share their time and talents to make my work successful.
Key 103 and 106.9 the Eagle do so much more than the live broadcast during these two days. They’ve spent months hatching a plan to make each year more successful than the one before it. Their support goes far beyond the on-air staff, extending to the sales and support departments as well as to their interns.
Countless hours go into recording and editing the interviews you hear during the event — and many of these take an emotional toll. The stories are real. The people are real. Their feelings are real, and this year two of our radio personalities — Sean and Kym –have experienced a front row seat to cancer. Sean’s mom is battling lung cancer and Kym’s cousin just finished her treatment for breast cancer. They’ve always been passionate, but this year it became personal.
And of course, none of this would be possible without the support of Frederick Memorial Hospital. They not only sponsor these two days of advertising (a tidy investment on their part), but they provide us with a welcoming “home” for these two days and are wonderful hosts by providing special treats and refreshments! They are always available to assist in any way possible, including being there first at Radiothon each day at 4:30am! That’s devotion!
Gosh, what would my life be like without volunteers? Each and every one of you holds so much importance to me personally. You give from your heart, and I know that this is personal in some way to each of you. I value the time, energy and passion that you share so freely. And enthusiasm — unmatched! Thanks for being patient when the phones weren’t ringing and being attentive and excited by our walk-in donors who surely felt the appreciation for their support!
Radiothon has always been about taking up the fight, but this year it’s been about a community taking up the fight more so than ever before! We’ve had support from local businesses through our Happy Hours For Hope (Il Forno, Bushwallers, Canal Bar, Champions, WOW Cafe & Wingery, Brewer’s Alley, Barley and Hops, Green Turtle and The Cellar Door), the Frederick Area Coed Kickball Association (FACKA) partnered with 106.9 the Eagle to host a special kickball event, and Olives hosted our pre-Radiothon party… and each of these events was also a fundraiser! We had support with volunteers coming from Mjach Designs, Frederick County Bank, Keller Williams Real Estate, Best Buy, and Kohls! We also had support from the Frederick Motor Company and Roy Rogers. Incredible? You know it!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention with humility the willingness of our survivors to come forward and share their stories publicly. You are the inspiration to the rest of us, because you represent the hope that we can and will find that cure!
What I’m trying to say here is simple “thank you!” Thanks for caring enough to make Radiothon a priority in your life, which translates into making the fight against cancer a priority.
HOPE really IS greater than cancer!