On Tuesday, December 1st, 1010XL Jax Sports Radio presented its 8th annual Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Radiothon raising $91,800 for the charity. The total set a new record for the Radiothon, breaking the mark of $73,000 set in 2014.
The mission of the Jay Fund is helping families tackle childhood cancer by providing comprehensive financial, emotional and practical support. From diagnosis to recovery and beyond, the Jay Fund is part of the team, allowing parents to solely focus on their child’s well-being. The goal of the Jay Fund is to BE THERE for parents facing the unthinkable so they can be there for their families.
“Thank you doesn’t seem like a big enough word to express our gratitude to everyone at 1010XL for the embracing the work of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and helping to tell our families stories to your generous listeners,” Keli Coughlin Joyce, Executive Director of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund said. “Many (1010XL employees) also gave personally to support the families tackling childhood cancer in Jacksonville and that was so touching and meaningful as well. 1010XL cultivated an environment where generosity was celebrated! We treasure the partnership with 1010XL and we are indeed thankful. I assure you that we will make a significant impact on local kids and their families thanks to the Radiothon!”
Between 6AM and 10PM 1010XL personalities spoke on-air with individuals impacted by childhood cancer and the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund – children who survived childhood cancer, parents of those children and parents of children lost to childhood cancer as well. Through the sharing of these stories listeners were encouraged to donate $96, in honor of the 96 Jacksonville families fighting childhood cancer.
“Jacksonville heard the on-air staff give their heart and soul to the day, keeping their composure during gut-wrenching stories and compelling listeners to give,” 1010XL President and General Manager Steve Griffin said.
“Each air talent gave an exceptional, unguarded performance,” 1010XL’s Tom Champion, coordinator of the station’s Jay Fund efforts, said. “A broadcast only works this well when you let your guard down and show your scars and your soul. Everyone did, and it was powerful. I was moved by (their) passion and compassion, and I am proud to say I work with them and call them friends.”