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Local Radio Station Uses Airwaves to Help Children
Fighting Cancer and Other Deadly Diseases


January 04, 2007
Thursday PM

Ketchikan, Alaska - Radio station Gateway Country will host the 3rd Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Radiothon on February 1st-2nd, 2007 from 6:00 am until 7:00 pm on-air. The radiothon raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, the world's premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Last year, Country Cares raised nearly $30 million in pledges nationwide. Gateway Country and its sister station KTKN helped contribute to that total, thanks to an overwhelming amount of support from generous, Ketchikan listeners.

This year, Gateway Country will join hands with many local businesses, organizations and individuals to collect funds and help St. Jude in their strides toward abolishing cancer and other terrible diseases, so that children can live the normal, healthy lives that they deserve.

Gateway Country General Manager Blake Messer said, "We are very lucky in Southeast Alaska to have so many great local hospitals, and talented individuals that work here in the health care field. The cancer protocols and knowledge gleaned from research done at St. Jude is used in most hospitals around the world including our wonderful local facilities." Messer said, "We know we can rely on the top notch health care professionals in Southeast to help with Cancer treatment and prevention. But these local hospitals, clinics and Doctors rely on places like St. Jude to perform the research that will ultimately cure cancer." He said, "We are extremely proud to help facilitate funding that will aid in that cause for a third year."

The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989, after Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group ALABAMA, met St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Since its inception, Country Cares has grown to be one of the most successful radio fund-raising events in the nation with more than 200 radio station partners.

St. Jude Children s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fund-raising organization.

To learn how you can help the KTKN/Gateway Country St. Jude Radiothon, contact Ketchikan's event coordinator Jamie Beldo at 225-2193 or email


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