WMAS Radiothon to benefit local children’s hospital in its 15th year

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Over the last 15 years the 94.7 WMAS  Radiothon fundraiser, has benefitted the Children’s Miracle Network and Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield.  This year’s three day event began early Thursday morning.

In the Radiothon’s first hour 22News met with Eibhlinn and her father Kevin White.

White told 22News Eibhlinn was born with a tumor and had to have surgery when she was just 15 days old, followed by five months of chemotherapy.

“We spent many nights here, my wife especially,” White said. “But, the great part was, with having another child, that it was local. We could come here, still be a family, and still see each other. We weren’t separated for days on end. We’re very happy that Baystate Children’s Hospital was in our backyard.”

White said the care they received at Baystate was so special and that the family became friends with the doctors and staff that looked after their daughter.

Right now, Eibhlinn said as a healthy 9-year-old she enjoys playing basketball and playing with friends. She also has set some high goals for herself for when she grows up.

“I want to be a doctor,” Eibhlinn said. “To help people just like the people that helped me.”

Last year’s Radiothon, along with its sponsors and listeners, raised  more than $300,000 in support of local health care programs for patients at Baystate Children’s Hospital. The goal this year is to raise even more– and you can help!

How you can donate:

  • Call 413-794-1111 to donate.  Radiothon events will take place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday, or between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, but phone donations will be accepted 24 hrs./ day.
  • Join the “Miracle Maker Club,” a recurring pledge of at least $15 a month on a credit card or a one-time donation of $180 or more.
  • Become a “Change Hero,” by creating your own  fundraising page at www.baystatehealth.org/radiothon 

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