We had some AWESOME guests in the KSJ studio this week, and we are all GOING GOLD!
Last year, Mobile County Chief Assistant D.A. Deborah Tillman won her bid on an auction item at last year's St. Jude ball. The item was an Afternoon On The Air with Dan & Shelby! (Whoa...big deal, right?!) She asked if she could help highlight September and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month...of course we said yes! As a matter of fact 95KSJ is tied into two big St. Jude fundraisers this month-The Walk/Run and the Kruise for St Jude! (scroll to the bottom of page).
Deborah wanted to donate the on-air time to Camp Rap-A-Hope and everything they do on the Gulf Coast. Deborah's niece Katelyn attended the camp. Katelyn was affected by cancer 5 years ago and has had several operations, and minus one leg, but she just celebrated her 18th birthday! She made lots of friends/family at Camp Rap-A-Hope. She was not ready for the Hollywood Spotlight yet this week :) but she was glad have her friends come in to the station.
Assistant Director Roz Dorsett, Development Director Cord Fallon, and camper Emma Smith hung out on air with us, and we did a Facebook Live too (see below). Emma is 14 years old and has ENDLESS personality (and dance moves) as you can see! P.S. Here's their website: http://www.camprapahope.org/
The Mobile City Council just passed an official proclamation making September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and that is awesome news. There are so many groups and individuals that do SO MUCH for children with cancer in our area, thank you! See below post of a friend of mine in Baldwin County who does A LOT to pump up awareness. She wants to see as much GOLD out there as possible...and so do I!
There are so many children that I - along with Dan, Bill, and lots of friends and coworkers here at KSJ/iHeartRadio Gulf Coast - have met along the way through our many years of St Jude events, including the Country Cares Radiothon. Some kids got better...they got to grow up to have jobs, families of their own, and regular, fulfilling lives. But some went ahead and got their Angel Wings early. That's so hard. But we are blessed to have known them while they were here. And...sadly...we are meeting new patients as well. But there is HOPE. If you help us get the word out and keep raising awareness and donations, we can get closer to finding a cure. That may sound cliche, but I have seen astounding results from great hospitals like St. Jude, as well as USA Children's and Women's, and others. It takes a lot of time, money, patience, and prayers, but it is happening.
Let's continue to GO GOLD out to help! And not just during September, but year-round.
Here's the Facebook Live shenanigans:
Super heroes swooped in to congratulate brave patients on successfully battling childhood cancer during our 2018 Bell Ringing Ceremony at USA Children's and Women's.
Even Mobile's own downtown reminds us to Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month....
Join us and GO GOLD!