News Release

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Contact: Joy Sawyer, CHKD, 668-7043


HAMPTON ROADS (Va.) -- Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Entercom Broadcasting’s 101.3 2WD will present the Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon, live from the hospital’s new Childhood Cancer Center, from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, and from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29. The first-time event will feature current and former CHKD cancer patients who will tell their stories of hope and triumph to 2WD personalities including Jennifer Pulley, Paul McCoy, Jeff Moreau and Ted Alexander. Listeners can phone in donations during Radiothon by calling 1-888-780-8811. Children’s Hospital offers the only dedicated pediatric oncology program in the region. In the United States, approximately 8,700 children are diagnosed annually with cancer. It is the leading cause of death from disease in children between the ages of 1 and 15 years, and an estimated 1,700 children across the country die each year as a result. Children’s Hospital follows about 500 childhood cancer patients from across southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Each year, about 50 local children are newly diagnosed with some form of the disease. The childhood cancer treatment team at CHKD includes pediatric oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pediatric oncology nurses, specially trained psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and educators who can support and inform the entire family. CHKD also offers children with cancer the opportunity to participate in the most current and advanced clinical research trials through the Children’s Oncology Group, a National Cancer Institute-supported cooperative research organization. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and supports more than 160,000 inpatient and outpatient visits each year, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System also operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service area.