Community Gives Generously to Radiothon,
Raising $400,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
For 15 hours, patients and their families share
inspirational stories of courage and hope
Members of the community from across southern New England put their money where the miracles are during the 11th annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon on Thursday, April 16, coming together to donate $400,000 to support patient care, life-saving programs and research at the area’s leading pediatric hospital.
Broadcast live from the Warwick Mall and taking place across 15 hours, the Radiothon is a partnership of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“Words alone cannot express our hospital’s gratitude for the community’s generous outpouring of support and for our partnership with Cumulus Providence,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. “Every emotional story shared over the airwaves by our patients and their families gave listeners a glimpse of the miracles that happen at our hospital each day; miracles that are made possible in large part thanks to philanthropy.”
(Above) 400,000 Reasons to Say Thank You: Members of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations join Hasbro Children’s Hospital patients to celebrate the results of the hospital’s 11th annual Radiothon, broadcast live from the Warwick Mall on April 16. Across 15 hours, people across southern New England put their money where the miracles are, raising $400,000 for the area’s leading pediatric hospital.
Throughout the Radiothon, listeners heard moving stories of hope and healing from patients, families and hospital physicians. The stories captured emotional triumphs on conditions as varied as pediatric cancer, surgery, kidney transplantation, rare birth disorders, and more. Listeners were also encouraged to follow the Radiothon through its Facebook event page, where they had access to live-blogging, real-time photos, and the opportunity to “meet” some of the patients online. Calls from people wanting to donate to the Radiothon were answered by volunteers manning the Cox Communications phone bank.
The event also featured visits from Eliot Tatelman, CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, Miss Rhode Island Ivy DePew, Miss Teen Rhode Island USA Mary Malloy, Miss Rhode Island USA Anea Garcia, players from the Providence Bruins, and New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski. In one of the Radiothon’s most touching moments, Gostkowski spent time taking photos and signing autographs for 6 year-old Braylon O’Neill. Born without the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs—a condition which affects fewer than 1 in 1 million people—Braylon had his lower legs amputated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital when he was three-and-a-half. Now fitted with space-age mechanical prostheses, Braylon’s appearance in Microsoft’s Super Bowl ad this past February has become a beacon of inspiration for many.
(Above) Truly Inspirational: Braylon O’Neill poses for a photo with Kim Zandy of 92 PRO-FM after going on-air to share his story during the 2015 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon. Now fitted with space-age mechanical prostheses, Braylon’s appearance in Microsoft’s Super Bowl ad this past February has become a beacon of inspiration for many.
“On behalf of the employees of 92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, HOT106 and 630WPRO & 99.7 WPRO, we were honored to broadcast the 11th annual Radiothon to benefit the children of Hasbro Children’s Hospital,” said Barbara Haynes, market manager of Cumulus Providence radio stations. "I am grateful to all the families for sharing their stories and to Cox Business Solutions for making it possible for all the stations to broadcast live from the Warwick Mall. A big ‘thank you’ to the many sponsors and donors for their generosity and their desire to improve the lives of children and families treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.”
Among the Radiothon’s many sponsors, several of which matched gifts during special “power hours” and volunteered to answer calls at the phone bank, were Alex and Ani Charity by Design, Alexander’s Uniforms, Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grille, Cox, Cox Business, David D. Schuller, Dunkin’ Donuts, East Commerce Solutions, Inc., Hasbro, Inc., Jordan’s Furniture, Lamar, Murray Outdoor Communications, Pepsico, Rhode Island Air Show, RI Credit Union, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Walmart, and Warwick Mall.
Since its inception in 2005, the Radiothon has raised more than $6.8 million in support of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
A Touching Moment: Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots gives 6 year-old Braylon O’Neill a fist bump during the 11th annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon. Born without the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs—a condition which affects fewer than 1 in 1 million people—Braylon had his lower legs amputated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital when he was three-and-a-half.
Check out this video from the Hasbro Children's Hospital Scrabble Ball. It features patient Jeannette Finch and her family who will be guests at the 2015 Radiothon.