11/22/2005

Annual Radiothon a Huge Success

Largest total ever raised for WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2005 WVAQ for Kids radiothon raised an all-time high $86,319.22 for the patients at WVU Children’s Hospital. Callers pledging their support, corporate gifts, radiothon activities, and a $25,000 anonymous matching pledge generated the funds, raised during the 24-hour live broadcast on November 17 and 18. 

“We are thrilled with the result of the radiothon,” said Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children’s Hospital.  “It has always been a successful event, but this year was phenomenal.   We are so grateful to everyone who supported the radiothon and to WVAQ for reaching out to our patients year after year. “

“The radiothon is vital to Children’s Hospital,” said Jones. “The money we raised through the event will purchase critical medical supplies and equipment including a Giraffe Omni-bed, which is a state-of-the-art isolette used in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to treat our tiniest babies.”

Since 1999 the radiothon has raised more than $300,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital. All of those funds go directly to the hospital. WVU Children’s Hospital is a hospital within a hospital located on the 6th floor of Ruby Memorial.  It is a fully functioning facility with its own doctors, nurses, and staff specially trained in the care of infants and children. Each year more than 7,500 children are admitted to WVU Children’s Hospital. These children come from every West Virginia county and the surrounding states.

The radiothon was hosted by WVAQ radio personalities Eric McGuire, Lacy Neff, Meghan Durst, Kevin Connelly and Brian Mo. 

“WVAQ is a part of our family,” said Jones.  “Each year they donate their time to help our patients and we can’t thank them enough for that.  The radiothon demonstrates WVAQ’s commitment to the children of West Virginia.”

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