SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Friends and family called Kris Walsh’s son little Kris, L.K. for short. His dad said L.K. loved football and drawing.
L.K. was first treated at Baystate Children’s Hospital when he was born prematurely. 11 years later an inoperable brain tumor took his life.
“When the doctor says you have one to two years to live, it’s a whole different, a whole different… you can’t explain it until you live it I hope that no one else has to live what we’ve gone through,” Walsh told 22News about his son’s diagnosis.
Walsh says Baystate Children’s Hospital’s care and support during his son’s cancer treatment is what made their most tragic time a touch easier.
L.K.’s story is one of many like it shared over the last 14 years of the 94-7 WMAS Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon fundraiser, which began Thursday. All the money donated goes directly to Baystate Children’s Hospital. Some of that money goes towards buying things for the young, long-term patients that need some comforts of home, including games, movies, and even iPads.
“We run into some families that come from a little further away and they tell us yes it’s difficult to be away from home but it’s nice to be able to have the amenities here like the parent sleep chairs knowing that they can stay with their child,” Dina McMahon, radio personality and co-host of the radiothon, said.
McMahon told 22News the even is also raising money for equipment for both the neo-natal intensive care unit or NIC-U and other pediatric programs.
Since 2002, the annual radiothon has raised nearly two and a half million dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Donations can be made by calling 413-794-1111. Donations hours are from 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday, or between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.