Primary Children's Radio Telethon

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Updated: 9/25/2013 10:49 pm
 

 
The phones ringing were music to these radio station's ears, while they were trying to raise money for Primary Children's Hospital.

"You know this is one of the greatest things that we do all year, and it's an opportunity for us to pull back from the news and the politics of the day, and to focus on a good cause, and we are just honored to be a part of Primary Children’s and to raise money to help kids and their families,” Neal Larson, Program Director for KID News Radio, said.

Families were at the five different radio stations today to share their stories with on-air DJ's and listeners.

"Well our initial stay was Ten days...from the time she was diagnosed until she received her transplant, it was about Eight months and I would say she spent probably about Six and a half months in and out of the hospital, mostly in,” mother of Primary Children’s Hospital patient, Corey Ward said.

"First daughter Olive was born with a brain tumor, and so we have been at Primary Children’s her whole life...and they have really kept her alive...and we went in not knowing if we would come back with our baby, at Four months old, and we now have a Six year old daughter who is going to school and is doing all sorts of things and is living a normal life,” Camille Ashcraft, mother of two Primary Children’s patients, said.

Not only has the Ashcraft family had one child in Primary Children’s, but they also have had a second child going through challenges that also is being cared for at the medical center.

"We have got a kid with a brain tumor that they have not seen before and then there is only about 100 kids every year in America born with her syndrome and so it's a pretty rare one, and they have just taken the best care of our kids down there,” Added Ashcraft.

Primary Children’s had almost 22,000 visits from Idaho last year, and over 3,000 just from Bingham County alone.

That's like the entire town of Shelley attending the medical center.

"The community here has responded and we are so grateful, because it's really hard to find somebody who isn't related to someone that's been a patient...or is the neighbor of someone that's been a patient, and truly if you don't know somebody that has been a patient at Primary Children's Hospital, just wait, because I will bet that you will meet one soon, so many of the kids from this community are cared for by Primary Children's Hospital,” said Heidi Green, Foundation Development Officer for Primary Children’s.

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