22nd annual iHeartMedia Radiothon raises $260,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia

Group of people in front of a Christmas tree holding a big check
Written by Lisa Kaylor

Christmas carols and holiday cheer filled the lobby of Children’s Hospital of Georgia Dec. 8-10 for the 22nd annual iHeart Media Cares for Kids Radiothon.

The radiothon is the largest annual fundraiser for Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Radio stations WBBQ 104.3, 96.3 KISS-FM and 105.7 The Bull broadcast from the Children’s Hospital during the event, while WRDW News 12/NBC 26 shared live spots and broadcast the Morning Mix on Thursday. All shared stories of hope from families whose lives were changed by the care their children received at Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

When Radiothon wrapped up at 1 p.m. Saturday, Pediatrician-in-Chief Dr. Valera Hudson unveiled a check for $260,000 in donations and pledges.

All donations from the event stay in Augusta and are used to purchase items unique to the Children’s Hospital, like a Bili Blanket for the Neonatal ICU, which treats jaundice while still allowing parents to hold and bond with their babies, or a Zaky HUG, which mimics a parent’s touch and provides comfort for babies when a caregiver can’t be there.

Though the radiothon is over, pledges can continue to be made year-round by calling 706-721-4004, by emailing Children’s Hospital Director of Philanthropy Catherine Stewart or on the Cares for Kids Radiothon website.