In an effort to raise funds to support children afflicted by cancer, Ol’ Red 99-5 hosted its second annual radiothon, collecting $62,841 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Trevor Steinmeyer, who helped to organize the radiothon, explained that this issue is dear to him, seeing the effects of cancer first-hand when he visited St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“The Country Cares Radiothon started a number of years ago,” said Steinmeyer. “I got the opportunity to go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and I was there at the same time a bunch of other country artists were there. They all go through and spend time with the kids. We were there to find out more information about this so we could come back and do our radiothon to help raise money for St. Jude.”
Steinmeyer explained that they exceeded their amount raised in 2016 by roughly $10,000. He is grateful for all of the support from those who contributed.
“Last year, we raised $52,157,” Steinmeyer said. “This year, we were looking to go above that by quite a bit. We have a number of sponsors who helped us out with the broadcast; there’s multiple ways that people were a part of our broadcast. We’ve had a really great local response from all over our listening area. We had volunteers come from all over, so the support’s been really great!”
Steinmeyer hopes that one day a cure for cancer will be found and that they will not have to host a radiothon, but until that time, he is dedicated to helping support the children at St. Jude.
“I just think it’s important for people to donate to St. Jude,” said Steinmeyer. “The fact of the matter is there are kids out there who are passing away from cancer, or running around a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee with bald heads from their treatments. At St. Jude, they treat the toughest cases, and they are researching these tough cases so they can eventually put a stop to childhood cancer.
“They run primarily from donations,” Steinmeyer continued. “It comes from people like you and me. In the 50 years that St. Jude’s been open, their rate for cancer survival has went from 20 percent to 80 percent; so just imagine what another couple years is going to do for that. Hopefully there will come a time where you don’t have to interview me for things like this because we will eventually find a cure for cancer.”