News Release

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Contact: Joy Vann, (757) 668-8566

Wave Goodbye to Kids Cancer Radiothon Nets $80,000 for CHKD's Cancer Program

NORFOLK, Va.The Wave Goodbye to Kids Cancer radiothon, held on March 6-7 and hosted by 92.9 The Wave radio station, raised $80,182 for the Childhood Cancer Program at Children’s Hospital of The Kings Daughters.

Dick Lamb and Morning Wave co-hosts Paul Richardson and Jennifer Roberts, along with Mike Allen, Paul McCoy, Suzanne Snowden and Ted Alexander, told stories of hope and healing live from the CHKD lobby by interviewing cancer patients and their families throughout the two-day event. The stories ranged from that of a 2-year-old battling Ewings Sarcoma to a 22-year-old college athlete who is treated for a rare brain tumor that typically afflicts children much younger. Proceeds from the Wave Goodbye to Kids Cancer radiothon directly benefit the cancer program at CHKD, the region’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to children.

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.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,200 inpatient admissions and 195,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.