SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 17th annual WMAS radiothon kicked off on Tuesday. A children’s hospital wouldn’t be possible without the doctors and nurses.
Baystate Children’s Hospital is successful because it involves a community effort.
“We take care of a lot of children here. Today we have 84 kids in the hospital,” Dr. Kevin Moriarty, chief pediatric surgeon at the hospital told 22News. “Twenty-four procedures being done and the payment that we receive doesn’t cover anything that the children need.”
The WMAS radiothon raises funds to give children resources that help them recover faster. The donations pay for services like toys, games, beds for parents, and other amenities that make the hospital feel more like home.
“The money comes in every month for us and we can put it towards the children’s toys and the play-deck and everything to keep everything new and fresh for all of the kids as they come in throughout the year,” Meghan Brewer, child life specialist told 22News.
The radiothon ends at 6 p.m., but it starts back up again right and early at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
“They’re miracle kids,” said Chris Kellogg of the Kellogg Krew morning show. “These are kids that may not have made it if they hadn’t been here at Baystate Children’s hospital because of their great care. We get to see those kids every year and they grow up so fast.”
Baystate is one of 170 fundraising Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Last year’s event raised nearly $234,000 for the hospital.
If you would like to donate, call (413) 794-1111.Click here to make a donation online!