Ocean of Love Billboard Radiothon 2012 – Day 2 Recap
Some amazing things happened yesterday on only our second day here at Ocean of Love Billboard Radiothon 2012.
Over the past nine years, the Bayville Elks has raised an astonishing $78,000 for kids with cancer. They hold an annual fishing tournament in honor of Chuck Nevins, a Berkeley police officer that passed away from a brain tumor in 2003. The proceeds each year go to a child with cancer, and last year that child was the now 11-year old Savannah.
The Nevins Fishing Tournament raised $4500 for Savannah to put towards medical costs, gas to hospitals, and food. This year, no longer in need of the money, Savannah took it upon herself to do a very special thing: pass the entire donation along to Ocean of Love.
"I just want to give it back because
Ocean of Love helped me when I was sick and
I want to give it to the other kids."
"Losing a child, you lose a piece of your heart," Sue Newman expressed to us while her triplets sat on the curb and watched. Seven years ago her son, Evan, passed away after a 6-year struggle with cancer; the triplets were only two.
Ocean of Love helped her with gas, broken down cars on the way to the hospital, birthday parties, and eventually funeral costs.They were there for her every step of the way.
Evan is very special part to what we do here at the Billboard Radiothon; the Forked River fire department truck that will take Andy down this Friday is named for him. Even though he can't be here with us today to see the community come together and make something this special happen, he can still be a part of it.
Two years ago, Michael Gillick wrote a poem for me. This year, I decided to return the favor, but one up him a little bit. The tables turned when I asked HIM on a date. We had a great time singing karaoke at McIntyre's last night and even managed to raise $35!
All in all, a very successful second day here at the Billboard Radiothon.