Lexington, KY. —
Those tuning in this Sunday to the Cardinal Hill Telethon on TV might just see a familiar face or two — and will definitely see a pair of inspiring local stories.
The 42nd-annual televised fundraiser, held to benefit the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, Ky., will air live from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on WKYT Channel 27, hosted by Sam Dick and Amber Philpott.
Two Pulaski Countians whose stories will be featured on the broadcast are Chris Campbell and Makayla Loveless. Both young people who each found themselves involved in terrible accidents, Campbell and Loveless alike have worked incredibly hard to reach the points where they are now — outside of the hospital’s care and living life again.
Incidentally, a key figure at Cardinal Hill who helped spot the stories and bring them to attention is also from Pulaski. Samantha Richardson — née Rogers — is a 1998 graduate of Somerset High School who now serves as marketing coordinator for Cardinal Hill, helping spearhead their public relations efforts and working hand-in-hand with fundraising.
“It’s nice to see local people do really well like Chris and Makayla have done,” said Richardson, now working her seventh Cardinal Hill telethon. “Typically, throughout the year, the staff alerts us to patients who have done really well. (The staff sees) them from day 1 until the time they’re discharged. ... It’s nice to see them take what they learned at Cardinal Hill and incorporate it into everyday life.”
Having Pulaski Countians is also an appeal for Cardinal Hill, which seeks to reach an audience throughout a wide swath of the Bluegrass State.
“We like to show people who aren’t from Lexington (on the telethon) because it really shows the demographics of the people we treat,” said Richardson. “People from Somerset, London, Casey County come to Cardinal Hill to get care.”