(September 12, 2016) –The 4th Annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Radiothon on September 8 and 9 raised a record amount for the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah. Community members, businesses, and even children donated to the event, with Dwaine and Cynthia Willett generously matching every donation, dollar for dollar. The total raised by the end of the radiothon on September 9 was $218,416.
The radiothon was hosted by iHeartMedia stations 98.7 The River and WTKS 1290 AM in Savannah. In addition, WTOC-TV included the radiothon in its Day of Giving and delivered several live broadcasts from the event.
Joining the two-day event were The River's morning hosts, syndicated radio personalities Murphy, Sam, and Jodi, and Mark Robertson of Savannah, along with Bill Edwards and Laura Anderson on WTKS and Tim Guidera and Dawn Baker from WTOC. During the broadcast, families whose lives have been touched by the Willett Children's Hospital shared their stories of hope and healing.
The funds raised will enable Memorial Health to continue valuable programs and services for children and contribute to the new freestanding Willett Children’s Hospital that is expected to open in 2017. It will be the first and only freestanding children’s hospital in this region.
The Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah at Memorial University Medical Center is the only children’s hospital in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. It provides a full spectrum of healthcare services and programs, including a Level III neonatal intensive care nursery, pediatric intensive care units, a pediatric emergency room, a hematology/oncology program, outpatient services, and physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies. Last year, The Willett Children’s Hospital treated more than 70,000 children in its outpatient programs and admitted more than 5,500 children to hospital.