Local radio stations team up for Ronald McDonald House - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Local radio stations team up for Ronald McDonald House

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(WMC-TV) - Two Mid-South radio stations are teaming up this weekend to help cancer patients and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

It is all part of a three day radiothon to provide free housing and transportation to cancer patients.

Almost from the crack of dawn, radio stations 98.1 The Max and 98.9 Newstalk FM began broadcasting from a conference room at the Ronald McDonald House.

Just down the hall, volunteers man the phones as they collect donations through this weekend.

It's all part of the Ronald McDonald House 21st annual radiothon.

Savanna Irwin, 17, is from Senatobia, MS.

She and her family have been staying at the Ronald McDonald house for the past three months while she is treated for leukemia at St. Jude.

Just before going to chemotherapy, Irwin sat in on the radiothon and talked about how the Ronald McDonald house has helped her and five members of her family.

"Its really nice to have a place that we can just stay because its already stressful enough so on our downtime we like to come here and just relax," said Irwin.

The next three days will be very busy for radiothon volunteers as they set out to collect the donations that make the Ronald McDonald House a free home away from home for hundreds of families.

"Our families stay free of charge we served over 64 hundred families since we opened in 1991 and no one has ever had to pay to stay here and that's because the generous support that we received from the community allows us to operate at no expense to our families," said Communications Coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Brittany Fitzpatrick.

The radiothon runs through Saturday, if you would like to donate just call 1-800-230-kids or click here.

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