12th Annual Radiothon Raises $436,003 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Fighting back tears as she grasped the microphone to share her family’s story to thousands of listeners across southern New England, Elizabeth LaVallee was overcome with emotion reflecting on how Hasbro Children’s Hospital saved her son’s life after he was diagnosed with cancer at 15 months-old. Today, Brayden is approaching his 4th birthday and has been cancer-free for more than a year.
The LaVallee’s story was one of more than a dozen shared by families during the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon on April 7, inspiring thousands of people to come together and donate $436,003 to support the area’s leading pediatric hospital.
(Right) Would You Like to Make a Donation? Kyrie White, 4, sits on the lap of Fran Pingatore, PhD, CNS, Patient and Family Centered Care Manager at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, as he answers a call from a donor during the hospital’s Radiothon on April 7. Born with Gastroschisis, resulting in short bowel syndrome, Kyrie has received extensive treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and has a positive prognosis for his future.
Now in its 12th year, the Radiothon is a partnership of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event was broadcast live from the hospital and took place over 15 hours, with calls from donors answered by more than 100 volunteers who gave of their time throughout the day.
“So much of the care we provide is possible thanks to support from the community, and the outpouring of generosity we received through this year’s Radiothon was nothing short of amazing,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “We could not be more thankful for our partnership with Cumulus Providence and the countless hours they invest to make the Radiothon a reality, giving their listeners an opportunity to put their money where the miracles are.”
During the Radiothon, listeners of Cumulus Providence’s five stations heard inspirational stories of hope and healing from patients and their families, and hospital leadership and physicians. The stories shared captured victories over conditions that ranged from pulmonary hypertension and a host of pediatric cancers, to osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease), rare birth defects, life-threatening bacterial meningitis, and more.
Listeners also followed the Radiothon through its Facebook page, where they were able to “meet” some of the families sharing their stories and view real-time photos. On-site at the Radiothon, patients and families enjoyed face-painting and access to a photo booth with a wide-range of fun costumes and accessories in between interviews. There were also plenty of smiling faces when some of Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s special friends, including New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski and members of the Providence Bruins, came by to visit, sign autographs and pose for pictures.
(Above) A Star in the Making: Flashing an infectious smile after being told how brave she is, Gisela Carrier, an oncology patient at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, shares the story of her medical journey over the airwaves during the hospital’s 12th annual Radiothon.
“Cumulus Providence is proud to continue our tradition of supporting Hasbro Children’s Hospital through the Radiothon—giving back to our community and helping make a difference in the lives of children in Southern New England is something we care deeply about,” said John Sutherland, Market Manager for Cumulus Providence. “It is through a tremendously focused, collaborative effort with our combined teams and the amazing generosity of our listeners that we are able to achieve extraordinary results.”
Among the sponsors of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon, many of which matched gifts during special “power hours” and volunteered to answer calls, were Alex and Ani Charity by Design, Alexander’s Uniforms, Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grille, Cox Business, David D. Schuller, Dunkin’ Donuts, East Commerce Solutions, Hasbro, Inc., Jordan’s Furniture, Lamar, Murray Outdoor Communications, National Guard Association of Rhode Island, Pepsico, Rhode Island Credit Union, Rhode Island Monthly, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Seasons Corner Market, and Walmart.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital extends its appreciation to the entire staff and on-air personalities at Cumulus Providence radio stations, 92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, News Talk 630 & 99.7 WPRO and HOT106 for helping to make this year’s Radiothon a success.
Drum Roll, Please…Across 15 hours, listeners of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations heard emotional stories from more than a dozen patients and families treated by Hasbro Children’s Hospital during the hospital’s 12th annual Radiothon on April 7, coming together to donate $436,003.
Watch the thank you video from Hasbro Children's Hospital and Cumulus Providence Radio Stations to the sponsors and donors who made the 2016 Radiothon such a success!