First time for Star 103.7 Cares for Kids Radiothon in Frankfort!!
L to R: JC Burton and Steve Sullivan
Thanks to Star 103.7 and the listeners in the Frankfort area, the
Kentucky Children's Hospital raised $7,273 in just two days! On August
25th and 26th, the Capitol Plaza Hotel hosted this first time event in
the Frankfort region. Similar radiothon events have been held in
Bowling Green and Lexington. I was especially excited because I got to
be on the radio and for a good cause. Not to mention Star 103.7 reaches
Lawrenceburg, my hometown. The radio announcers (JC and Steve pictured
above) were outstanding. Please note that they are wearing their
"Birdwhistell Blog stickers."
It really was such an honor to be involved with this fundraiser. Even
though I didn't play the harmonica (see Dr. Zwischenberger pictured
below) I still had a blast. What a great way to highlight the work of
the Kentucky Children's Hospital and recognize some of our patients as
well as donors. Our patients are our first priority and it's wonderful
to have fund raising efforts to support KCH in a variety of ways. Even
though I I had worked for UK HealthCare for a number of years, I never
had to deal with the Children's Hospital from a patient perspective
until my son, Matt, was a patient at the Kentucky Children's Hospital
during his senior year in high school. This experience definitely
influenced Matt's career. His stay at KCH set the course for him to
become a physician.
We should all be very thankful that central Kentucky has a children's
hospital and now a pediatric emergency department. The new Makenna
David Pediatric Emergency Center is geared exclusively to children and
their families. Again, thanks to philanthropy, we now have a separate,
dedicated area for children to receive care in an environment created
with them in mind.
There are many patient stories just like mine and many philanthropy
efforts that support KCH including Star 103.7's radiothon. I encourage
you to visit the following website to read more of these patient stories
and to learn about the opportunities to support KCH. Kentucky Children's Hospital
Thanks again to everyone who made this radiothon such a success. I
look forward to coming back next year and passing out even more
"Birdwhistell Blog" stickers!
L to R: JC Burton, Mark D. Birdwhistell, Steve Sullivan
"On the air"
Mason Pontrich, a current KCH patient, and his two sisters.
L to R: Steve Sullivan; Matthew Spicer, a former KCH patient;
Kristy Spicer, a UK HealthCare employee in the adult emergency
department; and DJ JC Burton.
Dr. Jay Zwischenberger playing his harmonica on the air.