homepage logo

18th annual Mel’s Diner Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon raises more than $75,000

By Staff | Feb 14, 2020

The 18th annual Mel’s Diner Helping Kids with Cancer Radiothon raised more than $75,000 on Jan. 24 from the Southwest Florida community, money that will fund lifesaving cancer treatments for children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

The Radiothon, broadcast live by Cat Country 107.1 from Mel’s Diner on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral, generates support for Barbara’s Friends Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund.

Barbara’s Friends provides equipment, medical services, therapeutic activities and financial help through the Kimmie’s Angels Family Assistance Program so parents can focus on helping their children get well.

Since last year’s Radiothon, the gracious Southwest Florida community has given more than $860,000 to Barbara’s Friends, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2020. Barbara’s Friends is named in honor of the late Barbara Haskell, a breast cancer patient who was in awe of the bravery displayed by children who were battling cancer.

Golisano Children’s Hospital does not deny treatment for any child as a result of their family’s inability to pay.

Co-hosted by Cat Country 107.1 FM on-air personalities Mike Tyler and Amy Lynn, donors made pledges through the telephone, website and text message, as well as onsite at all five Mel’s Diner locations in Southwest Florida who also offered special $5 donation breakfasts.

Valvoline, Tamiami Ford, Hyundai and Genesis of Naples, 21st Century Oncology, Fox 4, Crestwell School of Fort Myers and other corporate partners contributed to Radiothon, making this year’s event a great success.