Children’s Miracle Network
The 94.7 FM WMAS Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon was broadcast live from the CMN Playdeck at Baystate Children’s Hospital on March 5-7 to benefit Baystate Children’s Hospital. The on-air personalities from WMAS, including Rob Anthony and members of the Kellogg Krew, asked listeners to pledge their support by calling in donations to the phone banks at the Baystate Medical Center’s Chestnut Conference Center. Regular radio programming was intertwined with live and taped interviews of patients and their families. When the Radiothon ended on Saturday afternoon, $175,000 had been raised, with additional pledges expected to increase the total in the coming weeks. From left are Rob Anthony, program director, WMAS Radio; Jill MacDonald of Springfield; Michelle Graci, manager of Special Events Fundraising for the Baystate Health Foundation; patient Jillianne MacDonald; and Kellogg Krew member Dina McMahon. Seven-year-old Jillianne was born premature, weighing a little over one pound and measuring 10 inches long at birth. She was dependent on medical technology for the first few years of her life. She was in and out of the hospital and was treated by almost every clinician at Baystate Children’s Hospital. ‘Jilly’ is homeschooled and still limited in what she can do outside. She goes to dance class every Saturday, and her mother says that she hates to miss a class. The physicians at Baystate Children’s Hospital say that the progress Jilly has made over the years is remarkable.