February 08, 2007
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the known as world's premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Medical advancements made at St. Jude are shared openly with doctors and scientists world-wide, including physicians here in Southeast. Since 1962, treatment protocols developed at St. Jude Children s Research hospital have brought survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent to about 70 percent overall.
Gateway Country Program Director Jamie Beldo said, "We are absolutely astounded with the successful outcome of the Radiothon. The citizens of Southeast have once again shown tremendous generosity by means of sponsorship, monetary donations, time investment, and support. Our "Thank You" list is a mile-long and with the help of each and every individual on that list, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is $32,000 closer to finding cures for the diseases that ail our children right here in Southeast."
Gateway Country General Manager Blake Messer said, "St. Jude is the worlds leading cancer research facility, we are very proud to do our part to help facilitate funding for a hospital that has ties to developing most cancer treatments and protocols utilized at hospitals around the world including those used by the wonderful hospitals and clinics here in Alaska. It has been said St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a hospital built on nickels and dimes, I'd say Southeast Alaska came through with their share of nickels and dimes this year."
The 3rd Annual St. Jude Radiothon was made possible by a total of 44 businesses, individuals, and numerous groups and organizations including: First City Council on Cancer, First City Rotary, Ketchikan Volunteer Fire Department, Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, First City Players, WISH, Kayhi Wrestlers, Ketchikan Salvation Army, SeaLink, Coast Guard Housing Office, Rendezvous Senior Day Services, VFW Post #4352, South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, The Lions Club, Boys and Girls Club Staff, Boys and Girls Club Keystone Group, Critical Care Inc., Women of the Moose, Master Swimmers, US Coast Guard, Public Health, Ketchikan Youth Court, Rainy Day Quilters Guild, Alaska Community Service Senior Volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ketchikan Community Chours, and Donna LaForce.
The two day event was held at KTKN/Gateway Country and broadcasted simultaneously on AM 930 KTKN and FM 106.7 KGTW in Ketchikan, FM 99.5 and 97.5 in Craig, FM 98.3 in Wrangell, GCI Cable Channel 16, Craig Cable 30, Hydaburg Cable 47 and viewed on GCI Cable Channel 15.
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