‘Radiothon’ proves the generosity of the Capital Region
I sat at the kitchen table with my morning coffee and read this paper, as I usually do. Most mornings I find myself trying to wrap my head around misdeeds and tragedy. But on the morning of May 7, I was brought to tears while reading a small article listed under “News Briefs” on Page B2. The article read “Radiothon raises record $626k total.”
The Cares for Kids radiothon, benefiting the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, was a two-day event that aired May 2 and 3 on local airwaves, raising more than 10 percent over last year’s radio event; how wonderful! I could not help but appreciate the beautiful heart of the Capital Region! This is inspiring and emotionally heartfelt to every parent of a child who has had to utilize the amazing services that the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center provides.
Right here in our own back yard, we are blessed with top-level pediatric medical care, commitment and compassion that the dedicated doctors, nurses, support staff and volunteers provide every day as they serve 25 counties and beyond so children may get well, heal and live! How do I know this? Because the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center is now part of who I am!
It was the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center that detected a brain tumor in our son, Tyler, when a vague symptom was otherwise believed to be something as typical as a virus. It was the Children’s Hospital that gave us another four years of precious time!
When a parent, child and family are thrust into this kind of nightmare, there are no words to adequately describe how life suddenly becomes altered and changed forever. Somehow children become the example to follow; they endure hardship and pain with dignity and resolve. This was our experience. It was no surprise when Tyler shared his desire to help other children with cancer; he set his goals.
Sadly, Tyler would never get the chance to put his plan into action; he died in February 2010. Tyler’s goals became our mission and the Tyler DeMarco Foundation was born! Three years later, we are now on course to fulfill Tyler’s dream to build a suite of private hematology-oncology inpatient treatment rooms. With Tyler’s inspiration, our determination, public support and a commitment from the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, this incredible project will become a reality in 2014.
Please continue to support the Children’s Hospital and our endeavor to make it the premier childhood cancer treatment hospital that it can be; our children deserve it! www.TylerDeMarcoFoundation.org
The writer is president of the Tyler DeMarco Foundation.