The 44th annual Fulton County Heart Radiothon, held Thursday, Feb. 8, topped its fundraising goal for 2018.
The annual event raises money for heart-related equipment for the county Emergency Medical Service units, the Fulton County Health Center, and nursing homes.
Funds also go to purchase automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs– portable devices that can shock a fluttering heart into rhythm.
Brent Shea, Radiothon treasurer, said preliminary totals show the event raised $24,100, $100 more than the goal.
“We still have numbers coming in, including the Wauseon Chamber Gala, Saturday night, Feb. 10,” he said.
“We will be well over goal.”
The budget calls for $5,000 to be spent on AEDs, plus $4,000 to be set aside for replacement batteries for some of the 100 AEDs that are already in service throughout the county.
One AED, located at Wauseon Middle School, will be replaced.
The remaining new units will be placed as required by demand.
Another $3,000 will go to Fulton County schools for the Teen Tickers program, operated by the Fulton County Health Center. Included in Teen Tickers is blood screening for high school freshmen and seniors. The screening checks cholesterol levels.
A total of $3,500 is allocated to blood screening for county citizens, which is also conducted by FCHC.
The Radiothon board put aside $1,200 for FCHC: $200 goes toward the purchase of manuals on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly known as CPR; for classes; and $1,000 for heart-related equipment.
County EMS units, operated by the seven county fire departments, will receive a total of $4,300. The money will purchase heart-related equipment.
Fairlawn Haven and Fulton
Manor nursing homes will each receive $250 for the purchase of heart-related equipment.
The Radiothon spends $2,500 on its own promotional supplies.
During the Radiothon, local “celebrity” disc jockeys, including politicians, school officials, and others, play music over the Archbold radio station, in return for pledges called in by listeners.
There were no problems with this year’s event, Shea said.
“There never are. It operates like a well-oiled machine,” he said.