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WDEZ's Country Cares for St. Jude's Radiothon successful


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Central Wisconsin opened up their hearts and their wallets to help care for sick children. Great Country 101.9 WDEZ Radio teamed up with volunteers and local sponsors to host their 13th Country Cares for St. Jude’s Radiothon.

The annual event benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, which provides medical care for children with serious illness, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

The WDEZ staff hosted the event from Trig’s in Wausau Thursday and Friday, where volunteers operated the phone bank and donations were received from businesses, individuals and groups. At 6:00 p.m. Friday, Bryan Scott, Vanessa Ryan, Nikki Montgomery, and Joe Malone told everyone that last year’s $128,045 dollar total had been topped. “Your 2014 Country Cares for St. Judes WDEZ Radiothon grand total is $148,850.”

Morning co-host Vanessa Ryan says people really showed they care for these kids and their families by donating money and time. “Yes, it was very successful, one of the most that we’ve seen in the last few years, actually. Central Wisconsin really stepping up going above and beyond. “I think people in central Wisconsin really felt the need to step up and become partners in hope this year. I think they really felt throughout the whole entire year as we were raising money for St. Jude how important this was to us.”

The Radiothon is once a year, but WDEZ hosted an additional event late last summer with a special garage sale benefit. Ryan says they are planning something “different and bigger” to help St. Jude’s later this summer.