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From 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12th and 13th, WOWO staffers and volunteers from CSNI took donations over the phone and online, including during special broadcasts of Fort Wayne’s Morning News and the Pat Miller Program.
The News-Sentinel reports donations were also raised through the sale of special items through the Auction Service Online Auction, which featured prizes including autographed sports memorabilia, dinner with WOWO staffers, a VIP experience from the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Fort Wayne Komets season tickets, and more.
“This is amazing,” Stacy Stumpf of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana said in a statement. “This is going to help so many people. This is what WOWOLand is all about.”
Established in 1944 by volunteers looking to help friends and family cover the cost of medical bills by working in sewing circles to make bed pads and bandages, the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year.
CSNI plans to use money donated through WOWO Penny Pitch specifically for its Client Services Program to provide an advocate to walk side-by-side with 1,100 families with children dealing with a cancer diagnosis and struggling to make ends meet. This includes financial assistance, transportation assistance, specialized healthcare and medical equipment, and wigs, hats, and scarves for children and adults with cancer.