Held on May 13, the annual Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon saw the community come together with an outpouring of generosity, raising $453,151 for the area’s only pediatric hospital. The funds will support patient care, research, and programs like the Healing Arts, pet therapy, and Child Life.
“The way Radiothon brings thousands of people together to make an impact in the lives of our patients and their families is absolutely incredible,” said Saul N. Weingart, MD, PhD, president of Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals. “We are fortunate to have not only dedicated partners in Cumulus and its talent, but also an extremely generous community of donors. Thank you to everyone who helped to make Radiothon a special day for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.”
During the 12-hour event – which was broadcasted simultaneously on Cumulus Providence stations 92 PRO-FM, Lite 105, News Talk 630 & 99.7, and Hot 106 – Hasbro Children’s patients, families and staff took to the airwaves to share their inspiring stories of hope and healing.
“We are proud to continue our longstanding commitment to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and to the families that depend on its world-class care,” said Holly Paras, market manager for Cumulus Providence. “Radiothon always brings out the best in our community and this year was no different. I could not be more grateful to our listeners for their incredible generosity or to the Cumulus team for the way they embrace the day.”
As listeners across Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts were introduced to patients and their journeys with rare blood disorders, aggressive cancers, cerebral palsy, and life-threatening heart conditions, volunteers manned a socially distanced phone bank on the hospital’s campus, answering calls to accept donations throughout the day.
Radiothon donations do a world of good for kids, because they support the hospital’s ability to provide our region’s children and their families the best care possible. Over the years, these funds have helped to purchase medical equipment and support programs that rely heavily on philanthropy. Since its inception, Radiothon has raised more than $9.2 million for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Among the sponsors and supporters of this year’s Radiothon, many of which matched gifts during special “power hours” and volunteered to answer calls, were Mi-Box Moving & Mobile Storage of RI; Alexander’s Uniforms; Jordan’s Furniture; Dunkin’; Walmart; Mr. David Schuller; Shaw’s; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI; DAI Restore; Nathan Clark and Associates; Providence Auto Body; Marshall; and Cox Business.