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Change Heroes Needed For Children’s Hospital Radiothon

SPRINGFIELDBaystate Children’s Hospital and 94.7 WMAS are looking for change heroes to help support fundraising efforts in advance of this year’s 18th annual 94.7 WMAS Radiothon, which will be broadcast live from Baystate Medical Center on March 5-6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Change heroes — whether an individual, family, school, business or community group — can help celebrate the radiothon’s 18 years of making miracles happen for kids at Baystate Children’s Hospital. Change heroes are asked to collect pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters from family, friends and neighbors to help Baystate Children’s Hospital. You will be given coin boxes to assemble so that you can start collecting change immediately; of the money raised through the Change Hero Program remains at Baystate Children’s Hospital. Registration details are available at www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/WMAS

Individual change heroes who raise $100 will have their name placed into a drawing to win a prize. In addition, Pioneer Valley Credit Union (PVCU) is again hosting the Change Hero School Challenge, where the top fundraising school in Western Mass. will win $1,000 from PVCU and a special celebration with the 94.7 WMAS Kellogg Krew. To qualify, individual and school Change Heroes must submit any collected funds to the Change Heroes Program, Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA, 01199, by March 29. 

Last year’s Change Hero school winner was M. Markus Kiley Middle School in Springfield for raising $3,815.

Dollars raised through the Change Heroes program set the pace for fundraising during the actual 94.7 WMAS Radiothon on March 5-6. WMAS has been a longtime supporter of Baystate Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Our community is so privileged to have Baystate Children’s Hospital right in our backyard, where over

40,000 pediatric patients are cared for each year,” said Craig Swimm, general manager, WMAS Radio. “Our own employees’ families have benefitted from the expert care provided at Baystate Children’s Hospital, and your support through the Radiothon will help ensure that the thousands of children and their families treated there will receive the best pediatric care in Western Massachusetts.”

Phone Bank sponsor for this year’s Radiothon is Lia Auto Group. Miracle Maker Sponsor is Cartamundi. Change Heroes Program Sponsor is Pioneer Valley Credit Union.

Baystate Children’s Hospital is the only accredited full-service children’s hospital in western Massachusetts and provides primary and advanced medical care to babies, children, and adolescents and their families. The hospital is home to the region’s only neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.

For more information on the Radiothon or how to get involved, visit www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/WMAS, e-mail cmn@baystatehealth.org, or call (413) 794-1486.