TERRE HAUTE -- The 18th annual HI-99 Cares for St. Jude Radiothon, sponsored by HomeCare Advantage, will take place at Honey Creek Mall Thursday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 6.
The event will run from 6 a.m.-9 p.m., both days.
Throughout the two-day event, HI-99 will broadcast live from Center Court in the mall, raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
St. Jude was founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas. When he started the hospital in 1962, it was his dream that no child should die in the "dawn of life."
Also, if families can't pay because of lack of insurance coverage, they don't have to pay for treatment at St. Jude. No child is ever turned away from St. Jude because of a family's inability to pay. Today, St. Jude is the single largest center in the U.S. for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other childhood catastrophic diseases, in terms of the number of patients enrolled in research protocols and successfully treated.
Among the diseases treated at St. Jude are malignancies of the lymphatic system (Hodgkin Disease), the blood-forming tissues (leukemia), the kidney (Wilms Tumor), the bones (Ewing Sarcoma and Osteosarcoma), and brain tumors. More than 85 percent of every dollar received by St. Jude goes toward medical research and treatment of patients.
In the 18-year partnership, HI-99 WTHI has donated more than $1.3 million to St. Jude and it is all because of donations made by listeners throughout the Wabash Valley.
There are multiple ways to get involved in the radiothon. Throughout the two-day event, donations may be made by phone by calling 1-800-878-5833. Donations may also be dropped off at the Radiothon at Honey Creek Mall.
If a business or organization takes up a collection, HI-99 will go to the business or organization and pick it up.
In addition, HI-99 has several auction items on its website (www.hi99.com). There are several autographed items by country artists, some Colts championship memorabilia and the official 2008-09 Indianapolis Colts opening season footballs.