$403,583 Raised for Hasbro Children’s Hospital
During 13th Annual Radiothon
Over 15 inspirational hours, hospital patients and families took to the airwaves to share their stories of courage, hope and healing
An Outpouring of Generosity: Members of Cumulus Providence Radio Stations celebrate the results of the 13th annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon with hospital leadership and patient families. Broadcast live from the hospital on April 6, people across southern New England came together to raise more than $400,000 in support of patient care, life-saving programs and research at the area’s leading pediatric hospital.
From a brain tumor and kidney transplant to a ruptured appendix and treatment for rare diseases like Williams Syndrome, more than two dozen local families shared their stories during the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6.
Inspired by the firsthand experiences of families that define the work of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a community of listeners across Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts came together to donate $403,583 to the area’s leading pediatric hospital. The funds will support patient care, lifesaving programs and research.
Now in its 13th year, the Radiothon is a partnership between Cumulus Providence Radio Stations (92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, News Talk 630 & 99.7 WPRO, and Hot 106) and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event was broadcast live from Hasbro Children’s Hospital, with more than 100 volunteers answering the phones that rang off the hook throughout the day.
“The incredible outpouring of generosity from our community was not only amazing, but will have a tremendous impact on the lives of our patients and their families,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital. “On behalf of all who depend on our hospital, my deepest thanks to Cumulus Providence and all of the sponsors who made the Radiothon possible and gave people an opportunity to support our lifesaving work.”
Listeners could follow the Radiothon through its Facebook page, where they were able to “meet” some of the families sharing their stories and view photos in real-time. Patients on-site at the Radiothon were treated to face-painting and other fun activities between interviews.
“Cumulus Providence is proud to partner with Hasbro Children’s Hospital on the annual Radiothon; our listeners and advertisers are incredibly generous in support of this important cause,” said Holly Paras, market manager for Cumulus Providence. “Hasbro Children’s Hospital touches vast numbers of people and families in southern New England and by working together, we are helping to make a difference in the lives of children across our community.”
Among the sponsors and supporters of the 13th annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon, many 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; Dunkin’ Donuts; East Commerce Solutions, Inc.; Hasbro, Inc.; Jordan’s Furniture; Lamar; Marshall Building & Remodeling Company; Murray Outdoor Communications; National Guard Association of Rhode Island; Pepsico Foodservice; Providence Auto Body; Rhode Island Monthly; Rhode Island Public Transit Authority; David D. Schuller; Superior Comfort, Inc.; Walmart; and Warwick Mall.
Since its inception, the Radiothon has raised more than $7.6 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
A Natural Star: Paige Alston is all smiles with her parents, Amber and Cliff, as the family shares her story during this year’s Radiothon. Suffering from severe pulmonary hypertension and a host of other complications, Paige spent 180 days in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Today, Paige is off oxygen completely, has fully recovered from heart surgery and only uses her vent while sleeping.
Getting Stronger by the Day: Blake Costa and his dad, Nick, with Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, President of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, at the 2017 Radiothon. Now 2, Blake has been receiving care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for Cystic Fibrosis and Ependymoma.
This is “My” Team: Ethan Conley (center, in red sweatshirt), who underwent a kidney transplant at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and his mother, Cathy (far left), pose with members of Ethan’s care team at the Radiothon.
Left to right: Cathy Conley; Jamie Pogany, CRNA; Ethan Conley; Michelle Hanlon, CRNA; Christopher Muratore, MD, pediatric surgeon, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and Myra Edens, RN, Administrative Director, Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Challenge Accepted: David D. Schuller, a longtime sponsor and volunteer of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon, takes a call from a donor on Thursday, April 6. David issued a surprise challenge during the Radiothon, matching all gifts dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000, between 11am and 12pm.
Happy to Help: As donations for Hasbro Children’s Hospital came in from listeners across Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, on-air personalities from 92 PRO-FM were all smiles during the Radiothon.
Left to right: Kim, Jessica, Davey Morris and Giovanni.
The Smile Says it All: Violet Graney, who turns 3 in May, takes a break from the Radiothon action to put her new coloring book to good use. Born with infantile fibrosarcoma, a cancerous soft-tissue tumor that affects just 5 infants per million, Violet spent more than 200 days at Hasbro Children’s Hospital receiving treatment. Violet was declared cancer-free on her 1st birthday.
One Photo, Two Superheroes: Francois I. Luks, MD, PhD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Interim Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief, with Hope Man, Rhode Island’s very own superhero. Created by local attorney and entrepreneur Kevin Murphy, Hope Man inspires hope among local residents and celebrates the many things that make Rhode Island special.