Our Partnership

Story from the Spring 2013 Pathfinders – Published by Gundersen Medical Foundation

Over the years, the Smith’s support has grown and evolved in many ways. First there was the radio auction, then the Blarney Party Challenge with Ed and Sally Sullivan. Now the La Crosse Radio Group hosts the three-day CMN Hospitals Radiothon, broadcast live each fall on three stations. Through it all, it’s been a family affair for the Smiths, whose children (Nate and Amy) grew up with CMN Hospitals being part of their lives. The Smith family now includes their healthy grandson Jaxon. “We’ve been so blessed, and that’s the reason we want to help others,” says Pat. “When a child is very, very ill, it changes a family’s entire life. Relieving just a little worry makes a big difference.”It’s impossible to quantify what Pat and Joanie Smith have done for CMN Hospitals through their decades of service; their passionate involvement has raised community awareness and created a broad, dedicated base of donors. As Joanie says, “The tradition of giving to CMN Hospitals continues to be strong, because when people are asked to donate, they know what it is and they know what it does.”

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

There are more than 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the United States and Canada that all share the same mission — to treat the whole child and provide care regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, like Gundersen Health System, care for all children with any medical problem. Money raised for CMN Hospitals stays local and benefits children and their families regardless of where they receive their medical care.

About La Crosse Media Group

The La Crosse Radio Group consists of five radio stations that broadcast to the Coulee Region.

  • 104.9 is Magic 105 WLXR  – #1 for Today’s Hit Music!  Listen in on weekday mornings for Bob & Sheri and weeknights for On With Mario Lopez!
  • Eagle 102.7 KQEG features the “Greatest Hits of All Time. The Eagle is also the flagship station for La Crosse Logger’s baseball.
  •  WKBH is 100.1 – Classic Rock that Really Rocks! The premiere classic rock station on Wisconsin’s West Coast offers up the best rock’n tunes from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s featuring Wilde in the Morning weekday mornings.
  • Hear all your country favorites on Kicks 106.3 WQCC! Kickstart your day with the Kicks Morning Drive with John Stevenson. Kicks 106.3 is also your official station for Country on the River.  
  • Today’s Talk 1490 WLFN features the Coulee Region’s newest talk radio. Tune in for B.S. With Bob Schmidt, Laura Ingraham and Vicki McKenna weekdays. Get your sports fix every weekend on Fox Sports Weekends. 

La Crosse Media Group is honored to be a partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We thank all of our listeners over the years that have taken time to listen to the stories from local families and those who have donated to this wonderful organization.