WVU Children’s Hospital, WVAQ in running for $50,000 from Children’s Miracle Network

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With the click of your mouse, you can help Morgantown radio station 102 WVAQ win $50,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital.

On Monday, life insurance provider Foresters and Children’s Miracle Network launched “The Search for North America’s Most Caring Radio Station” campaign. Foresters became the founding sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network radiothon in 1998; since that time, more than $370 million has been raised through the radiothon program to ensure all children have access to the quality specialized health care they deserve.

To participate in the campaign, everyone is encouraged to vote for WVAQ at radiocares.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.  Each registered voter can vote up to 10 times per day every day of the campaign. If WVAQ has the most votes at the end of the campaign, it will receive $50,000 toward its 2010 radiothon total, which will benefit WVU Children’s Hospital. In 2009, the Morgantown-area radiothon raised $120,323.86 for WVU Children’s Hospital.

The campaign runs through Feb. 5. As of late morning today (Jan. 20), WVAQ was in second place with 22,400 votes behind WKLH in Milwaukee, Wis., with 28,763 votes. In addition, WVAQ has posted a link to the voting site on its website, www.wvaq.com.

“We are asking the people of West Virginia to support WVAQ and WVU Children’s Hospital,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “An extra $50,000 would be a tremendous boost to the funds we raise through the radiothon, which helps children from all over the state and region access the high quality medical care they need.”

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 healthcare 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.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 01-20-10

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