SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 16th annual Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon at Baystate Children’s Hospital has begun.
The two-day long fundraiser, hosted by the Kellogg Crew from 94.7 WMAS, directly benefits local children being treated at the hospital for various medical conditions.
During the Radiothon, the Kellogg Crew will be broadcasting live from the hospital from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Listeners will have the opportunity to hear stories from patients and their families, and will also be able to call in and make donations.
Donate call 413-794-1111
Baystate is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, which means more than 100 percent of the money raised will go right back into the children’s hospital to fund health programs and services.
One employee at the hospital told 22News about the importance of donations.
“It’s really important, because most of the time the kids don’t want to be here,” Rebecca Larson said. “They’re sick, they’re hurt and need to get better to go home to their families. A lot of the time, they’re frightened, and anything fun we can create for them, or anything we can do to make it a quick process and not painful, we want to do it. Any donation will help that.”
Each year, Baystate Children’s Hospital treats about 40,000 children. The Radiothon has raised nearly $4 million for local patients and their families since 2002.