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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

An oral history of the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon

The 17th annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon begins Tuesday on WEEI and NESN, two iconic Boston sports stations which carry the Red Sox games but devote 36 hours each summer to these stories of tragedy and triumph. You think David Ortiz is strong? Wait until you meet Ben Finer. You think Tom Brady knows how to live? That’s because you never met Todd Schwartz. Or Avalanna Routh. Or so many others whose stories turned a modest fundraiser into a New England institution.

The sadness can be unbearable, but the inspiration of these men and women, these boys and girls, has lifted an entire region, and with nearly $50 million raised, the radio-telethon is making a tangible difference.

Danny Williams (on the air in 2008): “It’s spread to my lungs. And it’s also spread to my right knee, and my right leg, and also my spine. So, right now it’s at a point where, unless people donate money and find more clinical trials, there’s nothing much else that’s out there to do or try.”

Wolfe: “You just see Dale and Michael Holley — who were doing the midday show at the time — and they couldn’t talk. They just let him talk. And he couldn’t have been more calm.”

Williams: “We have a copy of that [interview], and when I used to look at it, I could see the look on Dale and Michael’s faces kind of change.”

Fountain: “I happened to be standing next to his mother, and his mother looked at me, and it was almost a sigh of relief. She said, ‘We didn’t know he understood he was that sick.’”

Funny, sad, inspiring story at The Athletic about the Jimmy Fund telethon.

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