WBKO Announces the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Winner During Special Broadcast

By: Kristin Martin
By: Kristin Martin
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During a special broadcast this afternoon, WBKO gave away the St. Jude Dream Home that's been talked about for weeks.

"Everybody focuses mainly on the house, but really it's about the kids. It's about the kids who are going to get help," said Chris Allen, the weather director at WBKO.

Guests who sponsored, built and decorated the home were there, along with St. Jude patients to tell their stories.

"The show was fabulous as always. I mean this year it seems like the people of South Central Kentucky came through more than ever before," Allen said.

A group of Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters from WKU answered phones during those final ticket sales.

"It's not like we're the ones that decided to call, but I think that being able to volunteer, being able to put your time and show others that you really do care, really does help with everything," said Hope Williams, one of the volunteers.

Of the 5,273 tickets sold this year, 800 were left when the show started. Almost 200 were sold during the broadcast.

"We raised half a million dollars for the hospital, and of course that is the ultimate prize. We had all of our patient families here, all of our sponsors, and of course with WBKO and the Beaver, we raised a lot of money," said Hollie Hayden, St. Jude's Regional Marketing Manager.

She said sales were a little down from last year, but she expects more for the 10th anniversary of the giveaway next year.

The families at St. Jude don't have to pay even a penny for treatment, travel or food, Hayden said.

"I look forward to this, becuase I've been to Memphis. I've been to the hospital, and I've seen the kids and it's life-changing," Allen said.

He said everyone should go to St. Jude at least once in their lives.

"Because I went in thinking it was going to be a downer, and I came out encouraged," he said.

Allen said it's like a family there, and they truly take care of any needs.

That's what a group of ladies in the studio today knew first hand.

"The St. Jude team, the family there, it's an unconditional bond. I wouldn't have met these two at the hospital. We wouldn't be that close of friends. Robert's transplant was almost half a million dollars. I couldn't pay that. I didn't have to worry about that. Same with Ginny and Kathy," said Kim Cunningham.

"The main thing is if you are ever told that your child has cancer, which we hope no one ever does, just know there is St. Jude, there is a support system, and do not be afraid to reach out to those other parents who have been down this road because they're the only ones that can show you the ropes," said Kathy Crumpton.

They met when their children were there together with the same form of cancer, and they said St. Jude gave them the hope they needed during that time.

The winner of the dream home, Mike Burke, said he's looking forward to seeing the home.

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