Tuesday morning, 94.7 WMAS kicked off their 18th annual Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, which goes to help children in need here in western Massachusetts.
“My daughter is a miracle. Because people donate it makes our stay here more comfortable,” Melissa Rivera said.
For young children like three-year-old Penelope Rivera, the inside of a hospital room can be lonely and sometimes scary. Penelope was born with a cloacal malformation, a birth defect which involved reconstruction of her bowel.
Her mother Melissa said her family spends up to two weeks in the hospital while Penelope goes for treatments.
Money raised during the radiothon will go toward new equipment at the hospital as well as games, toys, and other amenities to help the hospital feel more like a home for children and their families.
“We’re here for a week or two weeks and having all the things in our room to make us feel comfortable because of the people that donated is priceless,” Rivera said. “It makes you feel more comfortable when you’re in a place where it really isn’t comfortable and you just want to be home.”
Pediatric Surgeon David Tashjian was the doctor who performed Penelope’s procedure. He said money raised at the radiothon will also support the Child Life Services Program.
“They spend time with the children and families to help make their stay more enjoyable and a little more calming,” Tashjian said.
All donations made in the radiothon stay local, helping families with children at Baystate Children’s Hospital who are battling serious medical conditions.