Cov­ing­ton girl to be fea­tured on ra­dio dur­ing cancer re­search fundraiser

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

A Cov­ing­ton girl will be on the ra­dio as part of an up­com­ing fundraiser for the Aflac Cancer Cen­ter of Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta.

Elise Robin­son plans to take part in the 14th an­nual Care-A-Thon, a 37-hour ra­dio fundraiser from July 31-Au­gust 1 on 95.5 FM and AM 750 News/Talk WSB. Lis­ten­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to send in do­na­tions to help pa­tients with cancer or blood dis­or­ders. Nine-year-old Elise is one of those pa­tients.

One Satur­day, Elise com­plained of a headache. Her mother, Kar­lene Robin­son, gave her Tylenol, but Elise woke up on Sun­day with an­other headache. That did not sit right with Robin­son, so she took her daugh­ter to the emer­gency room. Elise was trans­ported to the on­col­ogy team at Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta af­ter a CT scan and a blood test showed ab­nor­mal re­sults.

Elise was di­ag­nosed with leukemia. She is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the Aflac Cancer Cen­ter.

She is one of 15-20 pa­tients who will be fea­tured on air, where her story will be broad­cast to lis­ten­ers, in be­tween guest stars such as Fred­die Free­man, Matt Ryan, Her­man Cain and Clark Howard.

“It’s like they’re a lit­tle celebrity for the day,” said Sophie Frankham-Smith, pub­lic re­la­tions in­tern with Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta.

All of the fea­tured pa­tients are treated at the Aflac Cancer Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to Frankham-Smith. Most of the chil­dren are around Elise’s age.

There will be a call-in cen­ter where vol­un­teers take phone calls. Lis­ten­ers can do­nate over the phone or on­line through so­cial me­dia. Frankham-Smith said the Care-A-Thon raised about $1.5 mil­lion last year for the cen­ter, which Frankham-Smith said cares for more in-pa­tients than any other pe­di­atric cancer cen­ter in the coun­try.

“That money is put to very good use,” Frankham-Smith said.

Spe­cial events will hap­pen through­out the 37 hours, such as a power hour dur­ing which any do­na­tion will be matched.

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