When Desiree Bradley delivered her daughter, she wasn’t sure how long the little girl would survive because of an extremely rare genetic disorder called Jarcho-Levin Syndrome, which affects the spine, ribs and respiratory system. Nine years later, however, Deonc Bradley is a sassy, joyful girl who can periodically be seen bouncing down the halls of Texas Children’s Hospital, where she sees 13 different specialists who help manage her condition
“If Deonc were cared for anywhere else but Texas Children’s Hospital, I truly believe she would not be here,” Desiree said. “So anything I can do to help Texas Children’s be the best place it can be, I’m willing to come out here and do.”
The Bradley family was one of several patient families that participated in the 2016 Texas Children’s Radiothon. Hosted by Cox Media Group Houston, the two-day event was held December 1 and 2 on the third floor of the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women near the Bistro Café.
Throughout the 48-hour period, people opened their hearts and their wallets and donated $655,039 to the radiothon while listening to radio personalities from Houston’s Eagle (106.9 & 107.5), Country Legends (97.1) and The New 93Q (92.9) interview patients, their families and many Texas Children’s physicians and caregivers.
“If Deonc were care for anywhere else but Texas Children’s Hospital, I truly believe she would not be here.” – Desiree Bradley
Texas Children’s employees gave $4,000 to the cause. Executive leadership matched those donations and added their own, bringing the total amount given by Texas Children’s employees to $9,000. The Snowdrop Foundation — which was started by Kevin Kline with The Q Morning Zoo on The New 93Q — made a donation of $150,000. The foundation is dedicated to assisting patients and families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center by providing funding for continued research to eliminate childhood cancer and for scholarships for college-bound pediatric cancer patients and survivors.
“This event makes a huge difference, and it tells our story,” said Jennifer Smart, manager in the Office of Development and program director for the hospital’s Children’s Miracle Network Program. “We couldn’t do it without all these people who give of their time and talent. We are very grateful for everything they do for our patients and families.”
Funds raised through the radiothon benefit Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the Legacy Tower and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.
Christi Brooks with the New 93Q and Country Legends 97.1 has participated in the radiothon since its inception and said that she has met so many families over the years who have been touched by the “miracles” that happen every day at Texas Children’s Hospital.
“Thank God we have a facility like Texas Children’s Hospital here in our back yard,” Christi said. “This really is truly an amazing place of miracles.”
Desiree agreed and said Texas Children’s is a home away from home for her and Deonc.
“Until you step through these doors, you don’t understand just how special this place really is.”
Mega 101 Hosts Chart-Topping Radiothon
CBS Radio’s Spanish Pop station, Mega 101 – KLOL, hosted its 6th annual Spanish-speaking Radiothon benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital on December 8 and 9. Radio DJs have raised more than $2.4 million from loyal listeners since they started this event, including over $405,000 raised during their 2016 broadcast.
Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals 2016 Top Partners
Walmart & Sam’s Club
Walmart and Sam’s Club have supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) for 30 years. In 2016, Houston-area Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs raised more than $700,000 during their six-week Miracle Balloon fundraising campaign in September.
Ace Hardware became a CMNH partner in 1991. Participating Ace Retailers — like the Greater Houston Area Ace Retailers Group, made up of 33 Ace Hardware retailers — raise money each year through their Ace Cares for Kids program. Their success stems from the creative fundraising efforts of the Ace Hardware Foundation and generous contributions of Ace retailers, Ace Customers, vendor partners and Ace team members. Ace Corporation and Retailers host a number of regional fundraising events each year including golf tournaments, an icon campaign, blue CMNH Bucket Promotion, Change Canister’s Change Round-Up World’s Finest Chocolate Candy Program, CMNH Ornament Sales and BBQ events to raise funds locally.
In 2016, Ace’s events in Houston raised over $445,000 for Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Houston market had several stores ranked first and second in fundraising in the country.
- Cypress Ace Hardware was the No. 1 fundraising single store in the country, raising $66,239. Cypress Ace hosts an annual grilling contest — Grill Your Ace Off — where 20 teams compete for the distinction of best grilled dish by a panel of judges. The public is invited to participate in judging the People’s Choice, where $10 gets guests a plate of BBQ from each team.
- Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware, with locations in The Woodlands and Kingwood, was the No. 1 multi-store retailer in the country, raising over $124,116.
- Central Ace Hardware was the No. 2 store retailer in the country, raising $58,585.
Love’s Travel Stops & Musket Corporation
Love’s Travel Stops has been a CMNH partner for over 15 years. They were ranked No. 7 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s largest privately held companies. Along with their subsidiary company, Musket Corp., Love’s raised over $342,800 through their annual Miracle Balloon Campaign and Musket Corp’s fourth annual Drive for a Child event at Top Golf.
Corner Store has been a CMNH partner for 20 years and now has over 180 locations throughout Houston and the surrounding area. Corner Store’s dedicated staff and customers helped raise over $267,000 in 2016 for Texas Children’s.
Kroger Co. has helped raise funds for member hospitals for over 30 years. Kroger believes in supporting charitable causes that are important to its customers and associates, who raised over $220,000 for Texas Children’s Hospital in 2016.