Generous donors pledging their support of Baystate Children’s Hospital resulted in a record-breaking total of $343,377 raised during this year’s 15th Annual 94.7 WMAS Radiothon, which ran March 3-5.
Dr. Charlotte Boney, chair, Pediatrics, Baystate Children’s Hospital, noted the 94.7 WMAS Radiothon is a “tremendous showcase for the care that Baystate Children’s Hospital gives to the children in our community.”
“We thank our former and current patients and their families for lending their voices and sharing their stories with us, and we are grateful to all the Baystate staff, community volunteers, sponsors and donors who gave so generously,” she said.
THE KELLOGG KREW
94.7 FM WMAS on-air personalities, led by the Kellogg Krew featuring Chris Kellogg, Dina McMahon and Lopez, continued with their regular radio formats throughout the Radiothon interspersed with live and taped interviews featuring young patients and their families, as well as staff, from Baystate Children’s Hospital.
“I was blown away by the generosity of others during this year's Radiothon. I couldn't be prouder of the way our community pulled together, from the children who collected change to the businesses that donated thousands of dollars,” said Kellogg.
“Many people may not know the depth of the resources at Baystate Children's Hospital, but having access to the best care and programs, should you ever need it, is a comfort. The stories of families who have been treated at the hospital shine a light on miracles that happen there, and have truly inspired our listeners to step up and show their support. It touches us to know that our community is so giving,” added McMahon.
In addition to the pledges called in during the Radiothon, the community also responded positively to the annual Change Heroes program held prior to the event – with area businesses, organizations, schools and individuals collecting to date over $20,000 “in change.” The Change Hero fundraising competition continues through March 31 with any individual Change Hero raising $100 or more having their name entered into a drawing to win a prize package from Cartamundi. Also, the top fundraising school will receive a $1,000 prize, compliments of Pioneer Valley Credit Union.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our many sponsors, whose contributions are vital to the success of our fundraising efforts. Thank you for partnering with us and for all that you do on behalf of our young patients and their families,” said Jane Albert, vice president of Development at Baystate Health and executive director of the Baystate Health Foundation.
Albert was referring to Presenting sponsor, Health New England, as well as to Miracle Maker sponsor, Cartamundi; Change Hero sponsor, Pioneer Valley Credit Union; Phone Bank sponsor, United Personnel; and Giggle Break sponsor, Freedom Credit Union.
A SURPRISE FOR "MOMO"
At the conclusion of the three-day Radiothon, officials announced that Morgan “Momo” Morris, 7, who was present at the event, would serve as the next Massachusetts Children’s Miracle Network Champion – representing the state at events that include congressional visits in Washington, D.C. and national media exposure. “Momo” was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2011 and underwent several years of chemotherapy and hospitalizations. According to her mom, Laura, Momo is now “set free to be a kid, a cancer-free kid.”
Baystate Children’s Hospital is one of 170 fundraising Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are unique in that 100 percent of all money raised locally goes directly to Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield in support of children’s health programs and services.
There is still time to make a donation to Baystate Children’s Hospital by visiting the Radiothon webpage at www.baystatehealth.org/radiothon.
For more information on Baystate Children’s Hospital, visit www.baystatehealth.org/bch.