23rd iHeart Media Radiothon raises $262,693 for Children’s Hospital of Georgia

Christmas carols and telephones ringing filled the Children’s Hospital of Georgia lobby Dec. 7-9 for the 23rd annual iHeart Media Cares for Kids Radiothon.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, a check for $262,693 was presented to the Children’s Hospital at the conclusion of Radiothon on Saturday, Dec.9.

Throughout the event, radio stations WBBQ 104.3, 96.3 Kiss FM and 105.7 The Bull broadcast live from the lobby while WRDW News 12/ NBC 26 shared stories of hope. Families of pediatric patients who have been successfully treated or are undergoing treatment at the Children’s, which is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network, stopped by to share stories of the world-class level of care their children received from the caring staff and expert caregivers.

“Every dollar that’s raised this weekend with the Radiothon stays right here at Children’s Hospital of Georgia and directly benefits the care of the children,” said Pediatrician-in-Chief Dr. Valera Hudson. “We’re the second largest children’s hospital in Georgia and the only children’s hospital outside of Atlanta. We offer the highest level of care to the sickest and most complex children. We hope you never need us, but if you ever need us, we’re here.”

All donations to Radiothon stay right here in Augusta and are used to purchase items that are needed and unique to a children’s hospital, such as a vein finder for the neonatal ICU. This device shines a red light through an infant’s arm or leg and helps caregivers find their tiny veins without having to stick them with a needle multiple times to administer fluids and medications.

The funds are also used to provide additional supplies for patient care and items for child life as needs arise.

Though Radiothon is over, pledges are accepted year-round by calling 706-721-4004, by emailing Catherine Stewart, director of philanthropy for Children’s Hospital of Georgia, or through the Cares for Kids Radiothon website.