NORFOLK, Neb. -- Northeast Nebraska radio station US92 is partnering with St. Jude to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Thursday saw the radiothon's first day of the annual tradition, which aims to create a world without cancer. From 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the radio hosts of US92 shared stories of St. Jude patients, played songs and, most importantly, asked for donations from the Northeast Nebraska community. 

"It's something that US92 does every single year ever since we opened up in 2001," radio host Caelan Debban said. "Basically we try and get as many 'Partners in Hope' as possible. They (St. Jude) don't make the families pay for anything...and that's why we need these donations"

A "Partner in Hope" is a donator who gives $19 to St. Jude every single month, which helps pay for the patient's treatment at St. Jude. During the radiothon, the hosts of US92 set a goal each hour, encouraging residents of Northeast Nebraska to donate.

For members of the station, it's an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows. The thrill of breaking their hourly fundraising goals, followed by the heartbreaking stories of current and past patients at St. Jude. 

"The first time I was ever a part of the St. Jude radiothon, I was completely overwhelmed," Debban said. "You really want to have a good time raising as much money as possible and making an impact. Not just for myself...but it's truly about the kids right now who need our help. Love St. Jude!"

The radiothon will continue on Friday, Feb. 24 at 6:00 a.m. However, anyone can still become a "Partner in Hope" online