Radiothon focusing on cancer treatment

The south entrance to the Cornwall Community Hospital. (Newswatch Group/File)

SD&G – It’s not hard to think of someone in the region touched directly or indirectly by cancer.

The Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation is looking to raise a lot of money today (Thursday) for chemotherapy treatment at the local hospital site by the end of the year.

A 13-hour radiothon is taking place at the McConnell Avenue site. The event on Corus Radio Cornwall, in conjunction with Dairy Queen Grill & Chill and also broadcast on TVCOGECO Cornwall starts at 6 a.m.

Corus’ two radio stations, Fresh Radio 104.5 and boom 101.9, are taking song requests for money as well as residents from SD&G can phone in with their pledges.

The pledge line is 613-935-7762.

With the money, the hospital will be able to treat up to 275 patients in Cornwall a year, instead of sending them to other centers – such as Ottawa or Kingston – for multiple treatments.

The situation right now is also taxing on volunteers who have to drive cancer patients to their treatments, which local chemotherapy may alleviate.

The radiothon raised $101,325.30 last year.

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