AURORA - Luke Peterson didn't know many people let along doctors when he moved with his family from Chicago.
The Peterson's arrived in August 2012. In September, they went hiking in Estes Park.
During the descent, 11-year-old Luke jumped off a rock. A stick pierced his shin up to his knee cap.
The Petersons got to the nearest hospital where Luke had his knee cleaned out and he was sent home. Something wasn't right.
Luke's pain was so intense that his parents turned to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Doctors discovered that the fluid surrounding his knee had been punctured by that stick. If he hadn't had surgery, an infection could have turned deadly.
After some stitches and two weeks of downtime, Luke was playing around like a typical fifth grader.
For the past 12 years, Alice 105.9 has hosted "36 Hours for Kids at Children's Hospital Colorado. It is one of the top radiothon's in the country.
When the Peterson family lived in Illinois, they followed and donated money to a similar radiothon. They never realized they would be tied directly to this kind of fundraiser.
Since Wednesday morning, Coloradans have donated whatever amount of money they could afford to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Hospital Colorado is within the network.
This year's radiothon which concluded Friday night, raised $1.8 million dollars. All of the money raised went right to Children's Hospital Colorado to help it stay one of the top pediatric facilities in the country.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)