For the last five years, WYRK has had the privilege to participate in the Country Cares St. Jude Radiothon. This year we have been honorably named the 2021 Country Cares Radio Station of the Year by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, offering treatment and professional care for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


Although every year we raise money for cancer research in children, 2021 was perhaps the year that was closest to our hearts due to the world situation in the last 18 months. 

Imagine finding out that you have cancer, and nobody can be in the hospital with you due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s extremely scary and it’s hard to be strong on your own, even as an independent adult.

Now try to put yourself in the place of an 8 year old kid. Or maybe a 6 year old. How about 9 months? Fighting cancer is a hard fought battle, and as a young kid, you should never have to face that fight. Unfortunately, many kids do, but that doesn’t mean they have to be alone in their fight.

2021 changed the way that patients in hospitals heal, and WYRK worked extremely hard in our annual Country Cares St. Jude Radiothon, but most importantly, YOU helped us reach our goal this year.

With your support, we were able to raise $302,725. This year was hard on a lot of us, and while it may have been more challenging to donate this year than in previous years, we appreciate it more than you know and your support for the cause will not be overlooked.

WYRK has been named the 2021 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Station of the Year, and to say this is an incredible honor for not only WYRK but also the Western New York community would be an understatement. 

St. Jude partners with over 350 radio stations throughout the year for the Country Cares Radiothon, and out of all 350+ stations who work extremely hard for this important cause, St. Jude chose WYRK and Western New York. 

We couldn’t have done this without you. Every donation you made earlier this year in our radiothon goes towards families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer, and now those families never have to worry about receiving a bill from St. Jude.

Nothing compares to the support that you offer in our community. It truly is the City of Good Neighbors. 

You helped us save lives and it is more than recognized.

Thank you for helping us take our radiothon to the next level -- so much so that we have received national recognition for our efforts.

From all of us at WYRK, we love you and we love being a part of this incredibly tight-knit community.

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