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Why I’m Thankful For The Mix 105.1 Loves Our Kids Radiothon

An open letter from CJ Robinson of MIX 105.1…

Each year around this time, we transform our radio station from playing your favorite songs and filling you in on Hollywood gossip, to an outward stretched hand trying to help the kids at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Our mission is simple…help the kids.

What many people don’t know is that my connection with radiothon began before I even came to Mix 105.1.

You see, my nephew AJ was born with aortic stenosis, a rare heart defect that affects a tiny percentage of children. Essentially, the valve to his heart was faulty and needed to be fixed.

At just a few hours old in March 2005, a “ballooning” was done to open up the valve and allow blood to flow through with the thought that a major valve replacement surgery was looming around his 5th birthday.

This was my first time ever seeing the world that little hot air balloon does at children’s hospitals.

The balloon I’m referring to is the logo of Children’s Miracle Network. They help purchase the equipment that kept my nephew alive during his 2nd open heart surgery. They were there by his bedside with the child life programs during his recovery process. They helped him get through 3 surgeries and they’re a big part of why he’s alive today.

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Tune in to the MIX 105.1 Loves Our Kids Radiothon on November 30 and December 1 from 6 AM to 7 PM daily.