SPRINGFIELD — The public is invited to stop in at this year’s 23rd annual 94.7 WMAS Radiothon for Baystate Children’s Hospital at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on March 5-6.
Hundreds of inspiring stories come out of Baystate Children’s Hospital every year, some of which will be told during this year’s event.
Among the many stories shared will be that of Ryan Caney, who at 3 years old developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare nervous system disorder that causes muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. Quick diagnosis and treatment at the Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Baystate Medical Center helped him make a full recovery.
Listeners will also hear about Evie Dedrick, who was born prematurely and spent time in the Davis NICU at Baystate Medical Center and then relied on care for respiratory challenges at Baystate Children’s Hospital.
While attending this year’s Radiothon at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, home to the 94.7 WMAS studios, the public can have their photo taken on the red carpet, make a donation, and get a sneak peek of the Kellogg Krew broadcasting live.
“We really look forward to this event each year and the difference it makes for these kids in our community,” said Chris Kellogg from 94.7 WMAS. “Being able to share these inspirational stories is a reminder of how important it is to support our local children’s hospital.”
Radiothon hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donating is easy by phone or text as well as online. Listeners can call to donate via the Lia Auto Group Phone Bank at (413) 794-1111 on March 5 and 6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit wmaskids.com.
“Our generous donors help fuel the work being done each day at Baystate Children’s Hospital, the only accredited, full-service children’s hospital in Western Massachusetts,” said Scott Berg, vice president of Philanthropy at Baystate Health and executive director of the Baystate Health Foundation. “There are many ways to support the next generation, but helping to keep them healthy is critical. These stories highlight the importance of donations remaining local to support children right here in our community.”
Baystate Children’s Hospital is one of 170 fundraising Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. All money raised locally goes directly to Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield in support of children’s health programs and services.
Major sponsors for the Radiothon include Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Lia Auto Group, Pioneer Valley Credit Union, Eversource, M&T Bank, City Tire, and PeoplesBank.