Hurley's 'miracle' children, 2 radio stations team up to raise money

FLINT, Michigan — Two Flint radio stations will be helping to raise money for Hurley Children’s Hospital during annual radiothon supporting the area’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. 

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, both CK 105.5 and NASH FM 95.1 radio stations will be broadcasting from Hurley Children’s Hospital West Lobby. It is part of an annual celebration of children, Hurley, and the miracles they perform. 

Hurley serves children from 15 counties and operates the area’s only neonatal intensive care unit. It also operates a pediatric intensive care unit and a 28-bed pediatric unit that serves patients from birth to 20 years old with a wide range of conditions, but a special focus on hematology and oncology.

More than 50 families from all across mid-Michigan are expected to share their stories during the radiothon, including a child who was born weighing only 14 ounces and given just a 2 percent chance of surviving as well as a childhood cancer survivor who recently married. 

CK105.5’s "Cares for Kids" Radiothon will benefit pediatric services and the Child Life program at Hurley Children's Hospital while NASH FM 95.1 "Cure Kids Cancer" Radiothon will benefit the Pediatric Chemo Clinic's Child Life program at Hurley Children's Hospital.

The radiothon is staffed by more than 115 community volunteers who donate their time to answer calls and and work a phone bank taking and soliciting donations. All gifts will stay local and go to Hurley Children’s Hospital. 

As a result of last year’s Radiothon, Hurley was able to purchase special tablets and video games, a Wunderwagon (special animal shaped wagon that accommodates a child’s IV pole while being given a special ride to a medical procedure, Preemie Milestone Cards for the NICU and the ever-popular “Pizza Friday” among many others.

Hurley Medical Center’s Child Life program has existed in some form for 40 years and is intended to put a dose of “normal” into the lives of young people dealing with illness, injury or disability. 

For more information, check out the Facebook event page or call  866-775-KIDS(5437) to make a donation.

 

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