Careathon 2022: $300,000 goal reached

All proceeds benefit the Child Cancer Fund and local pediatric cancer patients.

Jacksonville, Fl — It started with a single phone call moments after 5 am on Friday. A generous individual made a donation to the Child Cancer Fund. With that, the 8th annual Careathon was off and running.

More than 13 hours later and after hearing dozens upon dozens of stories of hope, inspiration, heartache, pain, and encouragement, well over $285,000 had been pledged.

LISTEN: Jacksonville’s Morning News announcement of $300,000 total

The 2022 Careathon presented by Duval Asphalt was bigger than ever, with more volunteers and supporters on-site at Nemours Children’s Health. But the focus and attention was always on the families who have been impacted by pediatric cancer.

After a weekend of more outreach and effort by Carla Mongtomery, Executive Director of the Child Cancer Fund, the fundraising total swelled to $300,000. That means Rich Jones and Clark Howard will don hard hats and join a crew from Duval Asphalt at a worksite in September - a challenge that was made to the pair during Friday’s broadcast.

No matter where their cancer journey was, each family is part of a special group that no one wishes to choose. Each family has been impacted by pediatric cancer, and many shared their similar experiences throughout the day.

Every dollar raised through Careathon helps these families with bill payment assistance, tutoring, trips to Camp Boggy Creek, and more. The Child Cancer Fund provided financial and emotional assistance to more than 100 families every year.

From all of us as WOKV and Cox Media Group, thank you for your generosity. If you would like to donate to these families, click here to make a secure, online donation to the Child Cancer Fund.

Rich Jones

Rich Jones, News 104.5 WOKV

Rich Jones is the Host of Jacksonville’s Morning News. Rich joined WOKV in October 2006. Rich is involved in many community organizations and causes. Rich and his wife, Noelle, have three children: Avery, Harper and Austen.

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