Five Years of Think Outside Yourself Radiothon

A vision just over six years ago became reality on December 17, 2010. On that day RacingAwareness.com lived out a goal of being a day partner of the STAR 105.7 FM Think Outside Yourself Radiothon. Held at Celebration Cinema

This is where it all began ... Lexi, Logan and Logan present the first RA.com check to HDVCH.  Some many memories have followed.  These pictures capture just a few.
This is where it all began … Lexi, Logan and Logan present the first RA.com check to HDVCH. Some many memories have followed. These pictures capture just a few.

South, three current and former Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital patients, that became the inspiration behind RA.com, Lexi Adgate, Logan Breuker and Logan Muyskens, presented a check on behalf of RA.com, to the hospital for $35,000 marking the beginning of what has become an amazing journey.

To date, RacingAwareness.com, a Michigan based nonprofit charity, has raised just shy of $200,000 in support of sick and injured kids of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

This week marks the 15th annual Think Outside Yourself Radiothon, presented by STAR 105.7 FM. The Radiothon will be hosted by morning show hosts Tommy and Brooke and afternoon host Kelly Iris.  The two day Radiothon is held inside the lobby of HDVCH and the public is welcome to stop by, visit and make a donation. STAR 105.7 FM is known as the Christmas station in West Michigan this time of year.

Lexi and Maranda 2010.  From HDVCH patient and 8th grader in 2010, to Grand Valley State freshman in 2014.
Lexi and Maranda 2010. From HDVCH patient and 8th grader in 2010, to Grand Valley State freshman in 2014.

RacingAwareness.com will celebrate the end of year five by again partnering with the station as the day sponsor for this Friday, December 12th. RA.com volunteers and race team members along with HDVCH patients will be staffing the phones beginning at 6 am on Friday. Meijer is the day partner for Thursday.

Tune in to Star 105.7 FM this Thursday and Friday, from 6 am to 6 pm, December 11 and 12 and help our kids!  Hear stories from patients and their families about the life-changing care they received at West Michigan’s only full-service children’s hospital.  One of the many RA.com family of kids, Kierstynn Foster, who has become a regular part of the radiothon, will be with us again this year for our radio interview at 7:45 am and will then staff the phones to take your donation from 8-10am.  Kierstynn has become a virtual poster child for HDVCH and the Radiothon,

2011, another $35,000.  #Proud STAR 105.7's Tommy & Brooke, RA's Norm Jelsma and Jeff Striegle and the AMAZING Kierstynn Foster.
2011, another $35,000. #Proud
STAR 105.7’s Tommy & Brooke, RA’s Norm Jelsma and Jeff Striegle and the AMAZING Kierstynn!

overcoming her illness under the care of the medical team from HDVCH.

In 2013, the Radiothon raised more than $175,000 for HDVCH to help launch and maintain programs, support staff education, advance innovation and research, and purchase new state-of-the art technology. HDVCH is leading the way in pediatric medicine.  Children from across the state and beyond are seeking care at our children’s hospital. In 2013, nearly 200,000 children received care as inpatients and outpatients at HDVCH.

Speaking of 200,000, that is the financial goal for this year’s event! These gifts will help us continue to touch the lives of kids like  Brooke and Briana.  We need your help to reach this goal!

Please pledge your support and Think Outside Yourself this holiday season. Yes, it is a busy time of year! Yes, you probably have shopping to do! Yes, you will probably spend too much money on Christmas gifts that will gone unused. There is however, one gift that would be guaranteed to be used and appreciated … donate today … you can do that in matter of minutes at www.racingawareness.com, select Donate Now.

Each of the past five years has concluded with participation as day sponsor in the radiothon. To date, RacingAwareness.com has rasied just shy of $200,000 in support of the sick and injuried kids of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Follow us all week here on facebook and on our website as we lead up to this very special day.

 

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