The 11th annual Cares For Kids Radiothon benefiting Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center raised more than $161,000 Dec. 8-10.
“These donations have a direct impact of the health and happiness of patients being treated at the pediatric hospital,” said Catherine Stewart, Children’s Miracle Network Development Coordinator. “We cannot thank our supporters enough.”
The annual partnership between the medical center and radio stations 104.3 WBBQ FM and KISS 96.3 FM collects charitable donations that are used to provide medical care, purchase life-saving equipment and fund research and education programs that save and improve the lives of children treated at the hospital.
Some of the ways the money has been used in the past: to buy blanket warmers for patients in the pediatric intensive care unit, to purchase rockers for parents whose children are in the neonatal intensive care unit, and to provide supplies for the educators who teach children who are hospitalized long-term.
“Comfort and care go hand-in-hand for pediatric patients and their families,” Stewart said. “A welcoming environment and pleasant distractions encourage healing.”
Many patients and families stopped by the Children’s Medical Center to share their stories with listeners and to encourage support for the hospital. Listeners responded with donations and stories of their own – one representative of the Bath Fire Department walked in with his young son to bring a cash donation from his fellow firefighters, who had been inspired to give while listening to the stories on the fire station’s stereo system.
Last year’s event raised $216,779, the most ever in the event’s history. The radiothon has raised more than $1.5 million for CMC patients in the fundraiser’s 10-year history. It is the single largest fundraiser for the medical center, and all of the money raised by the radiothon stays with the Children’s Medical Center. Donations can be made anytime by visiting georgiahealth.org/giving.