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Posted:Thursday, 08/08/2013 at 05:08pm
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link buildingSaturday, 09/07/2013 05:54pm
ttwClx Say, you got a nice blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

Henry's GrandmaFriday, 09/06/2013 07:40pm
Eric and Kathy,

I have listened and donated to your radiothon every year and never imagined that I would have a granchild in need of this wonderful hospital. Our little man was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at 4 months old and is under the care of the exceptional doctors and staff at Childrens.

We are so thankful that he and his family have the support of such a wonderful place.

Thank you!



IsabelFriday, 09/06/2013 05:01pm
I just LOVED Logan's story. He took a difficult situation and turned it around into something positive. Puts everything into perspective. He is definitely a hero!!!

Jordyn PinsFriday, 09/06/2013 03:40pm
Our son Blake was at his 2 week wellness appointment when his pediatrician told us she was sending us to the emergency room. Blake had a heart rate of 280. They placed ice on his head but his heart rate didn't move. They called the cardiologist at Luries & gave a medicine to stop his heart but it went right back. They tried stopping his heart 2 more times while the Luries transport team made their way. I watched them lift his tiny body attached to all of these machines & just cried. Blake was in heart failure. After the ambulance ride we arrived to the cardiac intensive care unit where teams of doctors & nurses were waiting. After 12 hours of known SVT they finally brought his heart rate down. Blake has had a few other complications & another hospital stay but we are so grateful for the entire staff. From the social worker who helped us with Ronald McDonald housing to the patient nurses - we can't say enough. But our true heroes are Dr Ward, Dr Hochberg & Dr Deal. Thank you!!!

HankyFriday, 09/06/2013 03:12pm
Hey Eric and Kathy! I just heard Super Jake's story and it almost brought me to tears. It's so sad for a parent to lose a child that they loved so much, but that child is in Heaven with Jesus and his little angels. As a long time supporter of radiothon I hope that maybe someday, we can finally find a cure to these dreaded diseases. I'm so proud of you guys for putting on such a wonderful event for this beautiful place. May God bless you guys, the staff and the little angels of Lurie Children's Hospital, this day and always. <3 <3 <3 <3

AmyFriday, 09/06/2013 12:53pm
My daughter Abby sees two amazing doctors from Lurie's-Endocrinologist Dr. Kim and Rheumatologist Dr. Alperin. They are incredible doctors who are helping Abby be able to live her life at the optimal level that she can. We are grateful every day for availability of great quality care that the doctors from Lurie's provide. I donated today as a thank you to these great doctors!

lisa garciaFriday, 09/06/2013 11:27am
although i live too far out to get your show i have enjoyed it on many occassions while my daughter Maya was at Luries being treated. i also had the joy of seeing the radiothon in progress while we were inpatient. maya was diagnosed in december 2009 with medulloblastoma stage 4 just days before her 6th birthday. we were immediately rushed to luries. not once did i ever get made feel the situation was hopeless. the staff always was a great support system and encourager. thank you lurie childrens for all you do or Maya wouldnt be here today.

Karnick FamilyFriday, 09/06/2013 10:46am
We are fortunate to never have needed the staff of Luries for our children, although we are forever grateful for them. They have served and saved many of our friends.

Katie LeanderFriday, 09/06/2013 10:35am
Our son has been a "frequent flyer" at Children's since he was born. He is now 9 years old and doing great. The fact that my son is not afraid to come to Children's is, I think, the greatest testament I can give to the care he has received. The culture of care at Children's is as excellent as the medical treatment they give. Thank you for all that you do for this hospital. It means the world to us.

Clancy familyFriday, 09/06/2013 10:29am
Hello Guys JuSt Wanted To Say Tbanks For All You Do Yet OncE AgaiN. As I Said Since 2003 There Is NotHing I Could Ever Do To Repay The Time ChildRens Gave My Family. Unfortunately We Will NOt Be Attending This Year. IN April It Was Confirmed I Have A Rare FoRm Of Lou Gehrigs Diseaae That Has Been I.tsresting To Say The Least. I Can No Longer Do The Job I Loved And I Miss My Dept And Crew Like Crazy.. But Medical Improvements Are Made Evedyday And When IFind 7600 I Will Attempt A SteM Cell Rejuvination. As We Deal With This Daily Brendyn Is My Strength! He Fought And FOught And So Will I. We Miss You All And Thank You Once AgaiN.

Clancy familyFriday, 09/06/2013 10:08am
Hello Guys JuSt Wanted To Say Tbanks For All You Do Yet OncE AgaiN. As I Said Since 2003 There Is NotHing I Could Ever Do To Repay The Time ChildRens Gave My Family. Unfortunately We Will NOt Be Attending This Year. IN April It Was Confirmed I Have A Rare FoRm Of Lou Gehrigs Diseaae That Has Been I.tsresting To Say The Least. I Can No Longer Do The Job I Loved And I Miss My Dept And Crew Like Crazy.. But Medical Improvements Are Made Evedyday And When IFind 7600 I Will Attempt A SteM Cell Rejuvination. As We Deal With This Daily Brendyn Is My Strength! He Fought And FOught And So Will I. We Miss You All And Thank You Once AgaiN.

Colleen GleasonFriday, 09/06/2013 09:32am
I did an interview about my two heart transplants here for the Radiothon and since then I have gone skydiving to celebrate 7 months post-transplant number 2 and I am back at college for my Junior year! Thanks to Lurie's for giving me this chance to live! To really live! Such an amazing hospital I am so blown by. I am at the hospital now and it is filled with great memories as I walk through the halls.

Thankful momFriday, 09/06/2013 09:30am
We love Children's! I have given every year since 2010 when my son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Two surgeries later he is a happy 8th grade boy. Thank you Children's and Dr. Alden.

Lora HokansonFriday, 09/06/2013 09:24am
I am Logan's Aunt. He is my hero. He was in the hospital 35 days over the summer and handled it with such a great attitude. He inspired me to realize not to sweat the little things in life. I am very proud of him and happy I am his aunt.


CaraFriday, 09/06/2013 09:17am
The radiothon has touched my heart since 2009. In September 2009, my sister Alysse was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The radiothon was going on at the same time we were in the hospital. Chicago Blackhawk, Patrick Sharp came to Alysse's room to give her some joy. We met Kathy and she was the nicest person. Sadly, after a year and a half fight alysse lost her battle. Every year I listen in and try to have you guys give a shout out to Alysse. So again, this year can you please give a shout out to Alysse, our beautiful angel in heaven!!! Thank you for all you do, and we love dr.stu!!!

CarterFriday, 09/06/2013 08:18am
We were told 3 days after last year's radiothon that our unborn son Carter has Spina Bifida. We have always supported the radiothon, and like every parent at Lurie never thought we'd be there, but are happy it's in our area. The doctors, nurses and staff are amazing. Today, Carter is 8 months old and preparing for his 9th surgery. We know he is in good hands, and would not be the amazing baby he is today without Lurie. Thank you Eric and Kathy, and all of the donors for helping Lurie be the hospital it is today.

The Clark FamilyFriday, 09/06/2013 08:09am
We are so excited to be moving back to the Chicago area! We can't wait to get involved with Lurie Children's! Thanks Eric & Kathy for helping to raise money and awareness for this amazing hospital!

SarahFriday, 09/06/2013 07:30am
My daughter Anna is turning 12 this month and we have Children's to thank for that! The summer before she was born was the first time I listened to your radiothon. I listened to stories, cried, and thanked God for our heathly daughter and the one on the way. We never thought anything like those stories we heard could ever happen to our children. When Anna was six weeks old we learned that she had a problem with her liver and Children's was the place our doctor sent us to! Long story short, Anna became very ill and required a liver transpalnt. She got an infection that landed her in the pediatric intensive care unit and on a ventilater becase the infection spread to her blood stream. The staff worked very hard to get her well enough so that she could recieve her new liver. After a month of fighting in the PICU, Anna pulled through and at the age of 5 months she got her new liver. I believe Anna would not be here if it wasn't for the doctors, nurses, and her transplant surgeon Dr Superina. Thank you Children's!

Sarah Friday, 09/06/2013 06:51am
Our daughter Anna will be 12 this month and we have Children's to thank for that! The summer before she was born was the first time I tuned in to listen to your radiothon. I thanked God for my healthy child and the one on the way. I listened,

Theresa DeSilvaFriday, 09/06/2013 06:21am
We were at Childrens in 2009. My daugther who was almost 3, was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. The doctors don't know how you get it. It's an auto immune virus and one of the signs is a very high fever. If not treated in a timely manner can cause damage to the coronary artery. Thank goodness our family doctor and an intern knew the symptoms and admitted her to our local hospital immediately. Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet has Childrens Memorial staff on hand. She was transferred from Silver Cross to Childrens. Within minutes of us arriving at Childrens we had doctors and nurses on hand to treat my daughter. Dr. Katz was the 1st doctor we met and was just so loving and gentle with my sick little girl. Every single doctor, nurse, volunteer made our 3 day stay there unbelievable. My family is so thankful for helping our little girl get better. She is now an active 7 year old beautiful girls and we will forever be thankful for them! We had to visit the out patient facility for a year after her treatment and seeing Dr. Shulman each time and him hearing "she's going to be well" were more than I could comprehend. So thank you Childrens!

Logan's HeroThursday, 09/05/2013 01:50pm
Logan has Cystic Fibrosis which affects both his lungs and digestion. Logan was hospitalized for 35 days over the summer at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Being in a isolation room instead of swimming, playing soccer, and enjoying his summer break was not fun. Although, with a view of Navy Pier, seeing fireworks, the Tall Ships, and perfect view of the Air and Water Show did help pass the time! Also, the nurses on 21…Stacy, Carol, Sophie, Mark and Cat Daddy really kept Logan’s spirits up!! Snow City ,a program that has artists come to the kids room to work on all kinds of art projects, was the high point in Logan’s day. While in the hospital so long together they created some wonderful projects that he will treasure forever!

Logan is not out of the woods yet, he continues to do IV therapy at home, but thanks to Lurie Children’s he is finally able to sleep in his own bed at HOME!!


Hanky Tuesday, 09/03/2013 08:38pm
Hey Eric and Kathy!!!! I've been a long time supporter of your radiothon benefiting The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and I'm amazed about the wonderful job you guys do every year. Some of the stories you guys air during the radiothons almost bring me to tears and hopefully someday we will find a cure for these terrible diseases. I would like to give a special shout-out to not only you guys, but also to the doctors, nurses, the support staff, the listeners, and finally all of Laurie Children's little angels who are truly an inspiration for all of us. May God bless you guys this day and always <3 <3 <3 <3

Katie MastersTuesday, 09/03/2013 06:43pm
My 11 year old step son Michael was admitted to Lurie in October 2012 with an unknown illness. He had been to several doctors who failed to diagnose him and his symptoms were getting worse. Symptoms of severe fatigue, loss of appetite led to huge weight loss. This was NOT Michael. He was a happy, active kid who laughed all the time and never stopped moving. It was the worst feeling in the world to NOT know what was going on. We decided to take him to Children's after a bad night of high fever and vomiting. They admitted him right away acknowledging that they didn't know what was wrong but vowing to find out. Several weeks went by. Testing led to more and more questions. I think we saw every kind of Dr. there was and answered all their same questions over and over. Throughout the entire experience, the staff at Lurie were all so comforting and understanding. They were all such a blessing. After weeks of the unknown, we were introduced to Dr. Klein. She was the Rheumatologist who solved the mystery. Michael had Lupus and was in kidney failure. To hear how close to death he was was just shocking. Dr. Klein and her staff immediately took action and put a treatment plan into place. My question was "how do you tell and 11 year old kid something like this" Dr. Klein stepped up and said she would do it. And we were so glad she did. She was able to explain it to Michael in such a way that it wasn't scary to him. She immediately put him at ease and reassured him that he would be ok. She even explained it to Michael's younger brother Tyler and helped him understand what was happening. Michael was released a few weeks later. He had an initial treatment plan of chemotherapy and high doses of steroids of which Dr. Klein monitored closely. Almost a year later, Michael's levels are all getting back to normal and he is symptom free. He continues to see Dr. Klein monthly and he always talks about how much he likes her. We cannot thank Dr.Klein or the staff at Lurie enough for all the caring, love and support we received through the entire ordeal.


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