Radiothon for WVU Children’s Hospital Most Successful To Date



The Annual WVAQ For Kids Radiothon raised $189,420.45 for West Virginia University Children’s Hospital this year, and donations are still coming in.  The Radiothon lasted three days, Nov. 14-16, and was broadcast live from the cafeteria at Ruby Memorial Hospital. 

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, the dining tables were pushed aside, making way for the radio show, which was also Webcast at www.wvaq.com

Current and former patients, their parents, and WVU doctors and nurses were interviewed live on-air about their experiences at WVU Children’s Hospital.  

“The Radiothon is of major importance to us,” said Cheryl Jones, R.N., WVU Children’s Hospital Director.  “Without gift dollars, we couldn’t do our special programs that help families, or purchase special equipment that’s kid-sized.  These gift dollars help us meet our goal of providing children in West Virginia with state-of-the-art, quality healthcare close to home, so they don’t have to leave West Virginia for treatment.”

WVAQ radio personalities who hosted the event included Eric McGuire, Kevin Connoley, Lacy Neff, Megan Durst and Edge.

“This was our ninth year for the radiothon, and we look forward to it every year,” said Lacy Neff.  “We think it’s the best thing our signal can be used for.  It’s a great cause, and it’s something we need to take care of.”

More than 650 people called in to donate during the Radiothon.  Volunteers answered phones, and local restaurants provided food for volunteers during the event.  Superior Ford Lincoln Mercury of Morgantown was this year’s main sponsor.

“We can’t thank WVAQ enough.  They are a wonderful partner for this Radiothon event,” Jones said.

WVU Children’s Hospital is located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital. It includes a pediatric and adolescent unit, a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a suite of 25 labor-delivery-post-partum rooms for the mother and infant in the Maternal and Infant Care Center (MICC), and an activity room and a teen room as part of its Child Life Program.

Each year, WVU Children’s Hospital provides care to about 7,000 newborns and children, who come from every county in West Virginia, and from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio. On average, 1,800 babies are born annually at WVU Children’s Hospital, 48 percent of which are high-risk deliveries.

For more information about WVU Children’s Hospital visit www.wvukids.com.

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For more information:
Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
ec: 11-19-07

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