Cure Kids Cancer radiothon to support kids & their families

Vanessa Vondra
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon presented by Jerry’s Auto Sales will return to the airwaves September 29 and 30. This event raises funds through the Sanford Health Foundation to support pediatric cancer patients, who receive care at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, and their families.

One patient currently receiving care at Sanford Children’s is Harper Skajewski. She is just 8 years old and is fighting kidney cancer for the second time. Harper was first diagnosed with kidney cancer when she was 7. She went through multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation before she was able to ring the victory bell, signaling hope that she was through her toughest battle and in remission. Three short months later in February of this year, she found out her cancer had returned. She continues her fight with her family by her side, who is optimistic she will beat this cancer once and for all.

It’s heroic stories like Harper’s that listeners will hear from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the radiothon on September 29 and 30. The stations participating are KKRC 97.3, KIKN 99.1 and 100.5, KXRB 100.1, B 102.7, and HOT 104.7.

“Every dollar donated during the Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon stays local,” said Erin Sanderson, executive director of Sanford Health Foundation in Sioux Falls. “We’re so thankful for the support from our donors during events like the Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon. Their generosity helps us continue to provide specialized expert cancer care, close to home for kids.”

The radiothon will be broadcast from the lobby of the Sanford Children’s Hospital once again this year. Listeners will be able to triple their donation on September 29 if they call and donate between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., which is during a triple match challenge. Donations can be made by calling (605) 328-5750. The money raised will support child life specialists, lifesaving equipment like pediatric CT scanners, playrooms filled with toys and games, and financial assistance to help families with meals, mileage and lodging.

The Sanford Health Foundation inspires philanthropy to power Sanford Health’s work of health, healing, and comfort. 100% of every dollar raised helps deliver compassionate patient-centered care and drive medical research and collaboration to accelerate bold solutions for a brighter tomorrow. Learn more and join us at

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