From Feb. 7 – 9, the atrium lobby at Children’s Hospital’s downtown Akron campus transformed into a call center, a radio station, a bank, and a place that helps miracles happen.
During the 2013 “Have a Part, Do Your Part” Radiothon, contributions from Change Bandits, area businesses and organizations, schools, individuals and families helped raise $663,865 for Akron Children’s Hospital.
The funds will go toward the areas of greatest need at the hospital, such as purchasing child-size medical equipment and funding community outreach initiatives.
“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program manager at Akron Children’s. “Donors of every age imaginable really did their part to help make this year’s Radiothon such a success.”
During the 3-day event, as donors flooded the lobby in person or over the phone, patients and their families shared their hospital stories of hope and healing live on 98.1 WKDD. More than 500 volunteers also were on hand to answer phone bank calls, collect change and accept additional donations.
Students from local schools brought in donations and gifts such as stuffed animals, coloring books and handmade Valentine’s card, and several providers from the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center even received a pie in the face to raise money for the event.
Throughout all the activities, Avalon said that some of the best moments came when current hospital patients had a chance to visit the lobby and share in Radiothon’s excitement.
“When our patients would come down with their parents, families or caregivers, those are the moments that melt your heart,” said Avalon. “They remind us what Radiothon is all about.”
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