It wasn’t too long ago that Mia Gasperini of West Springfield found herself struggling to do what most typical 14-year-olds do every day – getting ready for school in the morning, brushing her hair or even her teeth.
Her symptoms began to get worse and Mia soon found herself on the doorsteps of Baystate Children’s Hospital, where a pediatric neurologist diagnosed her with Myasthenia Gravis, a life-threatening autoimmune disorder which attacks the place where the nerves and the muscles meet, causing the muscle to weaken.
She was admitted to Baystate Children’s Hospital, where doctors worked to get her condition – treatable but not curable – under control through the removal of her thymus gland and various medications.
Mia’s story is just one of many amazing stories of courage and hope that was heard during the often emotional annual 94.7 WMAS Radiothon - this year's broadcast raised an incredible $233,562 in support of Baystate Children's Hospital.
Put Your Money Where the Miracle Are
“Mia and other children cared for at Baystate Children’s Hospital truly benefit from the generosity of those pledging their support to the only accredited, comprehensive children’s hospital in western Massachusetts,” said Jane Albert, vice president of Philanthropy, Baystate Health, and executive director of the Baystate Health Foundation.
94.7 FM WMAS on-air personalities - led by the Kellogg Krew of Chris, Dina, and Lopez - took to the airwaves during the 2-day broadcast asking listeners to "help make miracles happen" while interviewing inspiring young patients and their families, as well as community donors and staff from Baystate Children’s Hospital.
Listeners took to the phones and the donations poured in over the 24-hour event, ending with the grand reveal on Wednesday evening. Proceeds raised from this year's Radiothon will ultimately help support the new Pediatric Procedures & Infusion Unit at Baystate Children's Hospital and other pediatric care-related needs. To watch a timelapse video of the event, click here.
How is Mia doing today?
As for how Mia is managing today, some three years later, the good news is that she is now able to live her life like any other 16-year-old girl, thanks to a regimen of medications and monthly infusions at Baystate Children’s Hospital. Since her diagnosis, Mia has gotten stronger and has even made her high school volleyball team, something she thought she could never do again.
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.
Presenting sponsor for this year’s Radiothon is Health New England, Miracle Maker sponsor is Cartamundi, and Change Hero program sponsor is Pioneer Valley Credit Union. Other sponsors include United Personnel as Phone Bank sponsor, Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone as Hero Hotline sponsor, People’s United Bank as Red Carpet sponsor, and Freedom Credit Union as Giggle Break sponsor.
For more information on the Radiothon, visit baystatehealth.org/radiothon or call 413-794-1486.