PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — For 15 hours, the annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon took to the airwaves Thursday and raised more than $400,000 for the cause.
During the event, patients and their families shared their personal stories of healing with listeners, encouraging them to support the hospital.
Eyewitness News Anchor Shannon Hegy took part in the event, sharing her son Carter’s experience at Hasbro Children’s Hospital while battling bacterial meningitis. The experience gave way to Shannon’s reporting series “Small But Strong,” highlighting children battling medical odds and the community helping them in their fight.
The event is a partnership between Cumulus Providence radio stations, including 92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, News Talk 630, 99.7 WPRO and Hot 106, and the hospital.
“We could not be more grateful to our community for its generosity,” President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Margaret Van Bree said. “Cumulus and the on-air talent are truly special partners. To see them holding babies and talking with families is not only moving, but underscores their commitment to kids and to our hospital.”
As listeners heard patient’s stories, more than 100 volunteers answered the phones to accept donations throughout the day. The funds raised will support patient care, programs and research.
Since it began in 2004, the Radiothon has raised more than $8.4 million for Hasbro.