St. Jude Radiothon approaches Children need help to fight battles

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North Louisiana’s 39th annual St. Jude Radiothon will broadcast live 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 13-14 on station Z107.5.

The Zeta Rho chapter of the service group Epsilon Sigma Alpha co-sponsors the Ruston event, which last year brought in nearly $85,000 in on- and off-air contributions for the Memphis, Tennessee, hospital that specializes in treating catastrophic childhood diseases.

“Because the radiothon is on Valentine’s Day this year – and also the day before – this is a perfect time for area residents to show how much they care for these brave, sweet, very special St. Jude children,” said radiothon chair and ESA member Nancy Darland. “If you don’t know what to get for your Valentine, please consider making a donation to the radiothon in honor of him or her.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats approximately 8,500 patients annually, including hundreds of current patients from Louisiana. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy for U.S. children, according to statistics supplied by the hospital. St. Jude’s operating costs total about $2.8 million daily, but no family is ever billed for treatment, travel, meals or lodging.

Feb. 13-14 the event will be located at both Ruston’s Super 1 Foods and the Z107.5 radio station. At Super 1, after-school children’s activities will be provided.

The donation line will be 1-800-787-5288. Throughout January and February, donations are also being accepted at a number of participating businesses throughout the region. Some schools in the area are also conducting fundraising activities prior to and connected with the radiothon, and on the days of the radiothon, volunteers will collect donations at Ruston’s Walmart.