The best part of my job? Easy. Interacting with you. Whether it be in person, on social media, through our app, over the phones or through text at 103939…nothing is more rewarding than finding out what’s on your mind, where you’re at, what your favourite song is or your thoughts on something you’ve heard on our station. On days like today, we get a ton of powerful messages…and I figured they’d be worth sharing.
Here’s just a sample of some of the texts we received in to 103939 from today, Day #1 of the 17th Annual CORUS Radiothon for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
- “I want to send a huge thank to all those at the stollery! 5 years ago my daughter Cheyanne was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension a disease that closes the arteries in your lungs and sends the blood back to your heart. It caused her heart to grow 3 times on the right side. She spent over 40 days on a machine called ecmo. The stollery took a chance to save her life, she received a heart and double lung transplant. No other hospital would risk such an operation. 5 years later she lives life as best as possible with very few major hospital stays.”
- “$20.00 isn’t that much. I’m a full time student and I only work part time but I’ve donated monthly for a year now. Donate donate donate!!!”
- “Thank you for opening my eyes to just how important the stollery is. These stories are making me cry my eyes out. You guys are doing an amazing job talking to these families I can only imagine how hard it is to put on a brave face and voice right now. Thank you! And thanks to this I’m going to look into how I can volunteer at the stollery. God bless guys ?? these kids are amazing we are so lucky to have their fighting hearts and the hospital so close to home.”
- “Dear Cisn when I was 13 i had heart tests and treatment nothing major done at the Stollery anyways I met a guy some age as me and he had a tumor really sick. We laughed about sports and all well about 2 months passed I went back but he had passed away. I looked at my mom and said I will donate anything I make for my rest of my life. I’m 25 now and every single year I donate $100.”
- “Wow wow wow what a story. This dad is so strong. There is not a dry eye in the city right now. I’ve been donating to the Stollery for the past 12 years. I texted once to the number and signed up for it to take 10$ a month. The stroller is near and dear to my heart. The families sharing today are so strong. PS. It’s tough times yes, but these families are going through tougher times.”
- “Every year I listen to the radiothon. 6 and a half years ago I ended up in the stollery after I was kicked by a horse. I was 16 years old. I spent nearly a month of my summer there suffering from internal damage. I can say first hand as a patient, I remember how amazing the nurses were not only to me, but the many children that were in and out of my shared room while I was there. It is unbelievable how many people need this place and we are incredibly lucky to have them here. I am incredibly lucky and I’m so thankful for all the surgeons, doctors and nurses who make it possible. As the 16 year old teenage girl on summer break, that is the last place I thought I would be spending my summer. It’s crazy how fast life can take a turn for the worst and I feel for every family in need of this facility so I can only ask that everyone donate to help. In a heartbeat it could be them and their family there.”
- “Thank you for helping to raise money for such a great cause, in September our son was born with a severe heart defect, he was missing the right halve of his heart valves, requiring open heart surgeries at only four days old, these people are angels he is now almost four months old and doing great he will still need two more surgerys as he gets a little older but because of this amazing place and thier amazing people we will have a healthy son”
- “I have been listening to the radio today and I am reminded why I am thankful for the Stollery. My son was 10 months old when we came to Edmonton for what was suppose to be a weekend visit. My son was with his dad and I had gone out for the evening with a very good friend. My husband and son had checked into the St Albert Inn. My husband had picked up some hot water for my sons bottle. He carried that water upstairs to our room and put it on the counter pushing it as far back as he could. My husband turned his back on my son for seconds to look for the opener for his formula. In those split seconds my son stood up and grabbed ahold of the counter pulling the clear acrylic jug of hot water onto himself. My husband quickly put him in cold water and called for help. My son was taken to the U of A where he would eventually end up on life support in the PICU. He was on life support for two weeks it was touch and go. He had infection set in and was in need of blood transfusions and skin grafting. We would eventually end up in the burn unit. The care my son received while there was amazing and because of that care he is alive today. At the age of sixteen my son again experienced the Stollery again. I had taken him to the Westlock hospital thinking maybe he had the flu. After a night in Westlock they transferred us to the Stollery. We were to find out my son’s bowel had perforated and he was in need of immediate surgery. We found out after the surgery and removal of internal parts that my son has Chrons. Again he would end up on the peds ward as what one nurse would say the most mature peds patient. Because of the Stollery I have my son today and he is now twenty. He has a few more scars but I gently remind him chicks dig scars.”
- “I’ve been listening (and crying) all day and have finally had a chance to become and bear hug member. I thank God that our community has such an amazing resource and pray that I will never need to use it in the future. Thank you to all the amazing Drs and nurses and my heart to all the parents and children who have had to use it.”
- “Just donated online. I always tell my husband when we donate that it is an investment. I pray we never have to use the Stollery for our 5 boys but I want to make sure it’s there if we ever need it. With 2 premature babes that thankfully were not sick enough for the Stollery I see the importance of a top notch hospital like the Stollery.”
- “I was a nursing student at the Stollery this past fall, and i can honestly say the staff were so welcoming and the families and children i met during my 6 weeks there could not be more deserving of donations and support!! I made connections with some families that i will carry with me when i become a nurse this spring!”
- “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone donating this morning. The stollery has been a huge part if my life. My youngest sister was born with global developmental delay, meaning every part of her was delayed in some way. She also had problems with her ear drums. She had over 30 surgeries before she was 5. I remember spending a lot of time at the stollery ad a child. My parents, both my sister, and myself used to take part in sign language classes at the stollery. The amount of support my family has received is incredible and I can’t thank the stollery enough. My sister is now a beautiful 17 year old who is thriving and becoming smarter everyday. Thank you”
- “I just want to say every year the radiothon makes me tear up….. It’s the only place I donate to as my 19 month old has had a couple short stays and a day surgery. It’s true, you never know when you will need it and it’s one reason I like to live so close to Edmonton. We are so blessed to have such a great facility we have to keep it in our own backyard!”
- “Thank you for all you’re doing for the Stollery! As a nurse who gets to work with these children on a daily basis and just leaving after a night shift it reminds me how blessed we are to not only have this amazing facility in our city but to also have so many wonderful people who help support us so that we can do what we do every day!”
- “Hey guys. You’re probably getting floods of texts but I just wanted to say that you guys are amazing. I’m 30 years old, I work construction and I have a beard; I would be considered a man’s man. Every year when I listen to the radiothon I’m a blubbery mess. This year is more meaningful as we are expecting our first child any day now. I pray that we do not ever need the Stollery but I am very greatful that it is there. I’ve given as much as I can possibly afford and will continue to do so. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Chris, Jack, Matt and everyone else at Chorus for all you do and have done.”
Thank you for sharing your personal insights and stories. Thank you for donating. More info on the Radiothon can be found by clicking on the image below.