And a child shall lead them

A friend of mine was lamenting recently that the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl should have united the entire state for at least 6 months. He was shocked by how quickly the euphoria faded.  It’s been such a volatile, eventful year that the streamers littering the field in Dallas, Texas seems like a distant memory. Since that joyous day when the Lombardi trophy was awarded, Wisconsin has become a state divided. Budget repair, recalls, recounts, petitions, protests are all words that have become part of our everyday vernacular. And even the most beloved football team in America couldn’t help us forget just how nasty things have been for those of us who live behind the cheddar curtain.

So, if the Packers can’t unite us, who can? The answer can be found in Isaiah 11:6 (and I will readily admit I had to look that up : ) “and a little child shall lead them.”

If there’s one thing I know about the people of this fine state, it’s that we take care of those in need. Especially our kids. Each and every year, for over 25 years, I watched in awe as hundreds of volunteers united to make the ‘KLH Christmas is for Kids party happen. Wisconsin ranks among the top states in the USA for volunteering. It’s just this simple; we know when it’s time to step up and make a difference. I’ve seen it time and time again. When an elderly neighbor needs help shoveling out after a storm, we help. It’s simply a matter of humanity. We have an innate ability to know when it’s time to step up.

This is that time. When it comes to our kids, it doesn’t matter if you’re a member of a Union or a Tea Party. Politics, race, color, creed, country of origin; none of that matters to a sick child. “And a little child shall lead them.” Those little children are what the Miracle Marathon is all about. It’s about understanding that, despite everything that’s going on around us, you have been given a tangible, legitimate, and meaningful opportunity to affect the future of a sweet, innocent child. Looking for something to bring us all together? How about the innocence, purity and unconditional love of a child?

And as you tune in to 96.5 WKLH and listen to the Miracle Marathon (May 26-27), keep this in mind: “There but for the grace of God (go I).”

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~ Dave Luczak, 96.5 WKLH

KLH and CHW Together for the Holidays

It’s a cliché that has its roots in the Bible. “Out of the mouths of babes,” we say (slightly misquoting). But it’s more than just “kids say the darndest things.” The cliché essentially means that somehow children, in their simplicity, display far more wisdom than their elders. Carole Caine and I experience it every single year when we host the WKLH ‘Miracle Marathon’ benefiting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. And even though we consistently marvel at the strength and courage these little ones’ display, it still catches us off guard when, courtesy of a child, we realize that we need to reprioritize.

Let me give you an example; we called Children’s Hospital to ask what the Morning ‘KLH could do to help make it special for all those kids stuck in a hospital bed during the holidays. Honestly, we were thinking of toys, or video games, or visits with celebrities, or a thousand other things that don’t seem so important now. We were told that during the holiday season, all the kids want, all they ask for is for their family to be together.

That’s easier said than done. Imagine what it’s like to try and keep your family unified when you’re dealing with a sick child? There are expenses that no one in the world could possibly budget for. All those days of driving to and from the hospital, the gasoline, the meals which need to be eaten out, not to mention child care concerns for siblings and trying to meet the emotional needs of the rest of the family. And what if the Ronald McDonald House is full? Who pays for the hotel room if Mom or Dad needs to stay near the hospital?

Let’s get back to those very young, very wise patients. They are fully aware of all the daily struggles of Mom, Dad, brothers, sisters, Grandmas, Grandpas, and more. They know how draining it is for the rest of their family to try to live their own lives yet tend to them. In some cases they may be too young to verbalize that concern, but they can ‘feel’ it. We are offering you a chance to make a difference. We are proud to announce, 96.5 WKLH & Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Together for the Holidays.

Your cash donation to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will provide amenities for patient families including gas cards, restaurant gift certificates, transportation vouchers and overnight accommodations. The campaign runs through Thursday, December 23th. And listen to 96.5 WKLH Thursday, December 16th, as we broadcast the Dave & Carole show live from the hospital from 5-10 a.m.

Visit chw.org/together to help the kids and their families and have a great holiday!

Photo milestones of Miracle Marathon

Dave and CaroleLeroy ‘Satchel’ Paige was a legendary baseball player in the old Negro League who is perhaps best known for saying: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” Well, anyone who knows me well knows that I don’t spend a whole lot of time looking back. Like most of you, my life is far too hectic on a day-to-day basis to pause and reflect. I’m just trying to keep up.

However, in little more than a month, June 21, Cindy and I will celebrate a milestone anniversary. To commemorate this occasion, I spent hour after hour scanning photos and uploading them to Shutterfly.com. It truly was a labor of love, and the finished product is a photo diary of the past three decades. It’s more than 90 pages, with up to six photos on each page, essentially a chronological look at our lives through pictures.

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An open parking spot

I pull into the parking lot and try to find an open space. As I look around at the cars, trucks and SUVs already parked, I think of all the families those vehicles represent. I think about whether or not those cars have been parked in that garage for hours, days, weeks or maybe months.

I wonder if the people who drove here in those vehicles woke up knowing they were coming here. Was it a scheduled visit? Maybe they had a surgical procedure already booked? Maybe they’re here for testing, or a tonsillectomy or perhaps chemotherapy? Or did they find themselves driving here because of an accident, a fall or some other unexpected reason? Then, my mind wanders to the vacant parking spaces and I think about what they represent. Another child, another family, another story will arrive soon and their vehicle will fill that open parking spot.
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The results are in …

Pledge now!

And the winner of the Foresters’ Most Caring Radio Station in North America is 107 in Columbia, Mo.

Carole and I would like to thank everyone who stepped up to the plate and voted for WKLH 96.5 during this three-week contest. Our community is quite special, and we should feel very proud of our efforts. We truly are blessed to have such a wonderful, nationally known, state-of-the-art pediatric facility right here in Wisconsin – and better yet, right here in our own backyard.  You stepped up to do this for the kids, and we’re so proud of the Wisconsin community. …Click here to continue reading

Vote for 96.5 WKLH as North America’s Most Caring Radio Station

Click to vote for the most Caring radio station!Every year since 1998, Carole and I have had the great opportunity to host the Miracle Marathon. Since then, we have raised more than $12 million for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

This year, we have the chance to jump-start our total gift by $50,000. Foresters™ and Children’s Miracle Network are searching for North America’s Most Caring Radio Station. To celebrate its ongoing commitment to Children’s Miracle Network, Foresters will donate $50,000 to the radio station with the most votes to put toward the total of their 2010 radiothon.

We need your help! If WKLH receives the most votes, the donation will directly benefit this year’s Miracle Marathon and support care for kids and families at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Vote online at radiocares.childrensmiraclenetwork.org through Friday, Feb. 5. From the list of radio stations, select “WKLH 96.5 Classic Rock, 96.5.” You can vote up to 10 times a day per e-mail address. Please share this message with your family and friends! Remember to cast your vote over the weekend!

Also, tune in to WKLH 96.5 for the 13th annual Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon Wednesday, May 26, through Friday, May 28.

-Dave Luczak, 96.5 WKLH

Learn more about Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin at chw.org.