WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Every year 101.9 WDEZ hosts its annual two-day radiothon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Usually the event is held inside of a Wausau Trig's location, but due to the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic, hosts Bryan Scott and Chandra Lynn are running the entire operation from inside of their radio station.
However, a change in location does not change the overall goal of raising money.
During the event listeners are able to hear firsthand accounts from children and adults impacted by illnesses, and the positive results of St. Jude's programs.
Fundraising efforts toward St. Jude normally take place throughout the year via various events, but those were canceled due to the pandemic as well. Since prior events were canceled, it makes this fundraising effort especially important.
"Things did look different as far as fundraising options throughout the year, but we've seen some incredible people step up already, on day one," Lynn said. "So it's just really neat to see everybody's support."
Lynn expressed the importance of community support and how incredible the north central Wisconsin community has always been when it comes to coming together for a greater cause.
Another addition to the radiothon is a special dedication to Claire Hornby, a 10-year-old central Wisconsin girl who lost her battle with a brain tumor late last year.
Claire was able to beat the odds and live longer, in part, due to some of the efforts from St. Jude and her warrior spirit to keep fighting.
Claire made a lasting impact on many people's hearts while she was here, and the radiothon aims to help with keeping her memory alive.
In helping others like Claire, last year's event garnered more that $200,000. Due to the nature of this year's event, the goal is to raise at least $150,000.
"Patients don't ever have to pay for anything out of pocket," Scott said. "They don't have to pay for travel expenses. They don't have to pay for their medications. They don't have to pay for their food or anything. That's what these donations help with."
Scott went on to say the more people donate in smaller amuts, the larger the total results will be.
Day two of the radiothon is being held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m on 101.9 WDEZ.
You can donate by texting the word "HOPE" to 39327 or by calling 1-800-399-5946.
You can also donate here. Donors will receive a St. Jude t-shirt as well.