If you’re wondering what can be accomplished in the space of three days, check out the upcoming K99.1FM Cares for Kids Radiothon.
Each year, Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy from K99.1FM’s The Breakfast Club, devote three days to broadcasting live from the Dayton Children’s Hospital outpatient lobby. Since the station first began airing the Radiothon 16 years ago, it has raised over $2.7 million for the hospital.
This year’s event will take place from Nov. 20-22 and the public is welcome to drop by between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the three days to say hello.
“We will be interviewing patients and their families and telling uplifting stories of hope, determination and miracles,” Wilson said. Proceeds raised each year help purchase life-saving medical equipment for children who are ill in the Miami Valley, she explained. This year’s Radiothon will raise money to buy a new pediatric transport vehicle.
Joining the hosts this year will be WHIO-AM 1290’s Sandy Collins, who will broadcast live from the hospital on Friday morning. Other invited guests will include country music group Blackjack Billy and “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale. On Thursday, Miss Ohio Heather Wells, will stop by to help answer phones and will be available for photo opportunities with patients. On Friday, the hosts will introduce “Jiff the Dog,” an Internet sensation who will perform his special tricks.
Wilson says every time she steps inside Dayton Children’s, she emerges a better person, full of inspiration and courage.
“Dayton Children’s is a happy place; kids get better there!” she said. Wilson said she feels honored to be able to share the wonder of the hospital with listeners and invite them to donate whatever amount they can. “I don’t have children of my own, but I have plenty of kids at Dayton Children’s who have changed my life forever. How lucky are we to have this place in our own back yard? Parents don’t have to travel hours to get the best care; it’s right here.”
But, Wilson says, it seems the smaller the patients, the more expensive the equipment.
“This is a hospital that never closes its doors, never turns anyone away, regardless of their ability to pay,” she said. “We rely on the generosity and donations of people who live in the Miami Valley to keep this facility updated with the latest medical equipment, the latest technology and the latest research for children.”
How it began
In 1998, the Children’s Miracle Network started the Radiothon as a fund-raising opportunity for children’s hospitals. Locally, Dayton Children’s partnered with K99.1FM to organize a Radiothon for the hospital and the station has been committed to the cause ever since. Since K99.1FM began airing the Radiothon, the station has raised over $2.7 million for Dayton Children’s.
“Dayton Children’s looks forward to Radiothon every year,” said Debbie Butner, Children’s Miracle Network manager at Dayton Children’s. “The support that the hospital receives year after year from both the radio station and the listeners who call in is unbelievable. This support helps us to provide the best care for kids in our region. For this, we are extremely thankful.”
Dayton Children’s provides care every year for more than 290,000 infants, children and teens. The hospital offers everything from check-ups and specialty clinics to intensive care and surgeries.
Fans and followers of Dayton Children’s Twitter and Facebook pages will also get live updates during the Radiothon at www.facebook.com/daytonchildrens and www.twitter.com/daytonchildrens.
Ways to give
Here are ways you can support the Cares for Kids Radiothon.
Call: (888) 746-KIDS (5437) and donate
Text: “KIDCARE” to 50555 to make a $10 donation.
Mail: Your donation to Dayton Children’s, One Children’s Plaza, Dayton, OH, 45404-1815
For more information, go to www.childrensdayton.org.