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Columbia Radiothon Helps St. Jude Children's Hospital

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DJ Charlie James spent his day helping to run the station's radiothon. DJ Charlie James spent his day helping to run the station's radiothon.

By:  Neel Dhere

New 92 Radio in Columbia helped raise over $32,000 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with a weekend radiothon. 

Volunteers at the phone bank arrived at 6:00 AM and worked until 7:00 PM taking phone calls and donations.

The hospital treated 5,700 children last year, most of whom are cancer patients.

New 92 personality Charlie James is passionate about what the hospital does for children around the nation.

"When you walk in, there is not a sense of foreboding.  There is not a sense of dread or doom.  There is a sense of hope.  There is a sense of family.  There is a sense of urgency that they want these kids well and you want them well now," James said.

Chase Hamm, a patient at the hospital, agrees with James.

"It's more like a playground, or a family, or a home," Hamm said.

It costs $1.5 million a day to operate the hospital, and all donations went to making sure no child will have to pay for treatment.

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