11/11/2008

Radiothon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three local radio stations will broadcast live from West Virginia University Hospitals for three days beginning Wednesday (Nov. 12) to raise money to support WVU Children’s Hospital.  An ice cream sale and gold exchange will be part of the event. The public is welcome to participate.

WVU Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Miracle Network and the West Virginia Radio Corporation are joining forces to host the WVAQ, WAJR and WQZK for Kids radiothon. The broadcasts will originate from the WVU Hospitals fourth-floor cafeteria from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The stations are 101.9 FM WVAQ, 1440 AM WAJR and 94.1 FM WQZK.

WVU Hospitals’ employees, patients and visitors as well as community members will have the opportunity to make donations as the radio personalities tell stories about children who have benefited from services provided by WVU Children's Hospital.

As part of the festivities, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream will be on sale Thursday (Nov. 13) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gold exchange will take place all three days in the cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gold owners can trade unwanted gold for cash. Jewelry, watches, white gold, platinum, silver or large diamonds will be tested and weighed on site.  A portion of sale proceeds will benefit WVU Children's Hospital.

Last year’s radiothon raised more than $190,000 in support of WVU Children’s Hospital.

"All the money raised stays here to help local patients,” said Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children's Hospital. “The radiothon gives listeners an opportunity to learn about and support the miracles that happen for children and their families at our hospital every day.”

For information about the radiothon contact the WVU Children's Hospital Development Office at 304-598-4346.

The toll free number to call to donate during the radiothon is 877-719-KIDS (5437).

WVU Children's Hospital provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. For information on WVU Children's Hospital see www.wvukids.com.

The Children's Miracle Network is a fundraising program to benefit hospitals providing health care for children. Created by the Osmond Foundation in 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network includes 170 hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For information on Children's Miracle Network see  www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.
 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
ab: 11-6-08

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