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2021 ABC30 “Futures Worth Fighting For” Telethon Raises more than $135,000


ABC30 keeps the miracles happening through the annual “Futures Worth Fighting For” Telethon. During the past six years, ABC30 has helped raise more than $700,000 for Valley Children’s Hospital.

This year, they’ve done it again! ABC30, our community, and our generous sponsors: The Wonderful Company, Mid Valley Packaging & Supply Company, Hilmar Cheese Company, Mono Wind Casino, Sun-Maid, Tachi Palace and Casino Resort, Wild Electric, Dalena Farms, EYE-Q Vision Care, The Fahrney Automotive Group, The Fresno County Office of Education and the Fresno Deputy Sherriff’s Association raised $135,360 for Valley Children’s Hospital!

Much like last year, the Telethon was held at an offsite location again. Although away from the hospital rotunda, phone bank volunteers were ready to take donations for the 7th annual ABC30 “Futures Worth Fighting For” Telethon on Thursday, August 12, 2021. For an entire day, ABC30 anchors shared about the services and care Valley Children’s provides for the children in our community like this year’s CMN Hospitals Champion, Fernando.

At 5 years old, Fernando was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the white blood cells. For three and a half years, Fernando endured regular chemotherapy treatments. It was a long, difficult road for young Fernando and his family. Finally, in October 2019, 8-year-old Fernando rang the “No Mo’ Chemo” bell at Valley Children’s to mark the end of his cancer treatments. Staff, family, friends and even Fernando’s baseball team were there to cheer him on. Today, Fernando is thriving and loves playing baseball, his favorite sport.

Valley Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders team helps hundreds of children like Fernando fight cancer every day. Our dedicated team of board-certified pediatric oncologists and hematologists identify and care for about 150 newly diagnosed cancer patients a year.

It is because of generous donors and sponsors that miracles happen every day at Valley Children’s. Thank you, once again, to ABC30 and all of our sponsors listed above for supporting the event this year. We also want to thank all those who volunteered and helped make this event a reality.