Thanks to the support of businesses, organizations and everyday people, the Children's Hospital Radiothon with 3 days of broadcasts from CJWW, 92.9 The Bull and 98 Cool has raised $618,060.40 for the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan.
This year's event was dedicated to Payton Sernick of Estevan. She is 9 years old and believed she was cancer-free following a 2-and-a-half year battle but a few weeks ago had to undergo surgery at Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton to remove a tumour. Her family is anticipating an up to six month stay for extensive treatment, and then there will be a bone marrow transplant in Calgary. Payton's explanation as to why we need a Children's Hospital in Saskatchewan says it all. She says, "all the resources are under one roof and you don't have to go from place to place". This year's funds will go toward a dedicated pediatric cardiology space. The money will also help with equipment that can be used right now, like a laryngoscope to help newborn babies breath easier and trancutaneous monitors which reduce the need for needle pokes in newborns. Last year's Radiothon raised over $431,409. As of November, construction of the hospital is 74 per cent complete.