29th Annual KGO Radio Cure-A-Thon

April 4, 2009 12:04:14 AM PDT
The 29th annual KGO Radio Cure-a-thon begins tonight at 7 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Cure-a-thon has raised more than $16 million to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's efforts to cure the disease and speed research. All of the money raised goes to the society. The radio station donates everything.

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ABC7 is profiling one of the volunteers who is a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Jim Bruschera is CEO of Trico Construction Company in San Francisco. Twelve years ago at the age of 37, this active guy began to feel tired, going to bed early, and he knew something was wrong.

His doctor had a lump on his neck analyzed. It was lymphoma. He was able to get into Stanford Hospital for treatment, receiving chemo therapy and radiation. The sessions would leave him exhausted, his immune system vulnerable, so he had to stay away from his wife and three children.

But there would be success. His tumors shrunk. Eventually the lymphoma was gone. He says if it hadn't been for the money raised by the Cure-a-thon, he wouldn't be here today. That's why he volunteers and stays active.

He's convinced friends and sub-contractors to make donations. And he urges everyone who has any unexplained pain or unusual symptoms to see a doctor.

He says the wonderful thing about life now is that he will live to see his daughter walk down the aisle. He will be able to see his children have children. Jim Bruschera says he's lucky, and there are a lot of people that could use the kind of help he received.

KGO AM 810 Cure-a-thon: click here

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