Over 21 years, one Buffalo radio host has helped raise millions for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and on Thursday, it neared another milestone. With the help of the western New York community, 97Rock raised $140,000 for the charitable organization. That brings the total funds raised by the Cumulus radio station and its morning show host Larry Norton to $2.9 million over more than two decades. Advanced Care Physical Therapy was proud to support these efforts and was able to contribute $1500 for the cause.
Although Norton, the long-time host of the Norton Show, and radio veteran of 40 years, announced his impending retirement during the radio-thon, he was invited o rejoin the company on-air for the next radio-thon in 2016 to help break the barrier and raise $3 million. Norton described himself as blessed — both to be moving onto the next chapter of his life, in which he will focus on his faith and charity, but also to be able to return to help a charity that is close to his heart. During the radio-thon, Norton stayed on air for 28 consecutive hours and played any song a listener would request — so long as they pledged to the Make-A-Wish. In addition to raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the team at Advanced Care supports the families in Carly’s Club; many who have been granted wishes while battling a life threatening illness. The western New York chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation grants over 150 wishes every year.