First time for Star 103.7 Cares for Kids Radiothon in Frankfort!!

Published 08-27-2010 10:48 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  


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. 

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