2014 “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon raises $654,962.42 for Akron Children's Hospital


The 2014 "Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon raised $654,962.42 for Akron Children’s Hospital. The annual event, which is presented by 98.1 WKDD, took place Feb. 13-15 from the hospital’s Atrium Lobby.

“We receive great support every year,” said Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program manager at Akron Children’s. “Whether it’s former patients and their families saying thank you for the care they received, or schools and organizations supporting our patients, radiothon allows us to be able to continue quality, family-centered care at Akron Children’s.”

As of Feb.21, 400 of the 600 registered Change Bandits collected $140,622.94 of the $654,962.42 raised during this year’s event. Change Bandits who weren’t able to make it to radiothon are still able to turn in their money. Please call 330-543-8185 for more information. Prizes were awarded to the top Change Bandits in the following categories at the Change Bandit Bash, which kicked off radiothon weekend on Feb. 12:

- Top Individual:                                                                                            Leah Merriman, Stow

- Top School/Organization:                                          Sauder Elementary School, Massillon

- Small Companies (fewer than 100 employees):                                    Heart of a Rockstar

-Large Companies (more than 100 employees):                                             Charles Schwab

- Hospital Department:                                                                                Rehabilitative Services

Since it began in 2000, the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” radiothon has raised more than $8.9 million to benefit the continued efforts of medical research, education and patient care programs at Akron Children’s Hospital.

The 2014 “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon was sponsored by FedEx Custom Critical and Klaben Auto Stores. The Change Bandits were sponsored in part by Charles Schwab and Dairy Queen.

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