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Radiothon to benefit pediatric cancer care starts Nov. 30

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Children with cancer who are treated at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, their family members, and their healthcare providers, will offer stories of hope, courage, and caring during the Ninth Annual Radiothon for Kids Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 on Newsradio 570AM, 106.9 WSYR, and B104.7.

Radiothon will be broadcast Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 9 a.m. on Newsradio 570AM, 106.9 WSYR, and B104.7 live from the lobby of Upstate University Hospital. Radio personalities Joe Galuski, of Newsradio 570AM and 106.9 WSYR, and B104.7's Tom and Becky, long-time supporters of the children's hospital, will host the three-day event.

All proceeds from radiothon will remain in Central New York to benefit children who are being treated at Upstate for cancer or a blood disorder. During Radiothon, and after, the public can make a donation by calling 315-464-HOPE (464-4673).

Every year, more than 70 children are diagnosed with cancer in Central New York. The Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital cares for nearly 5,000 children annually for chemotherapy, radiation and follow-up care.

"The Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital is the only facility in the region to offer specialized pediatric cancer care," said Toni Gary, director of community relations for the children's hospital and for the Upstate Medical University Foundation. "Radiothon donors can make a positive difference in the lives of these children and their families."

"We are so proud to be partnering with Children's Miracle Network again to help raise funds for the Golisano Children's Hospital," said Joel Delmonico, vice president and regional market manager for Clear Channel Syracuse. "The funds raised through radiothon directly benefit thousands of children right here in our community with medical and family support services. Our listeners have given generously over the years, and I know they'll respond enthusiastically to the needs of our community's children again this year."

Last year's radiothon raised more than $108,000 for Upstate's children with cancer and blood disorders. The money supported pediatric cancer related programs, research investigations into pediatric cancer and blood disorders, and equipment, such as audiometers that are used to evaluate and monitor hearing in children before, during and after their cancer treatment. Proceeds were also used to support the creation of Upstate's upcoming pediatric cancer center.

The Ninth Annual Radiothon for Kids is presented by the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, the Upstate Medical University Foundation, Newsradio 570 AM, 106.9 WSYR and B104.7. It is sponsored by Foresters, Panera Bread, Rural Metro and Tops Markets.

The Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital is the region's only Children's Miracle Network-affiliated hospital. CMN is a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals nationwide. The children's hospital is also a member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions.