MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 17th Annual Q for Kids Radiothon benefitting WVU Medicine Children’s will hit the airwaves live on Thursday, Nov. 19.

WVU Medicine Children’s, Children’s Miracle Network, WVAQ (101.9 FM) and WQZK (94.1 FM) will host the radiothon in the cafeteria of WVU Medicine’s Ruby Memorial Hospital and will be broadcasting live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20. Toothman Ford and WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital are sponsoring the WVAQ and WQZK broadcasts, respectively.

Radio personalities will tell stories about children who have benefited from services provided by WVU Medicine Children’s. Patients are also scheduled to visit the radiothon to share their stories on air. To date, the radiothon has raised $1.5 million in support of WVU Medicine Children’s.

Change Bandits all across town counted down to the radiothon by collecting change, bills, and checks for WVU Medicine Children’s in their official Change Bandit bags. All Change Bandit bags were returned to MVB Bank on Friday, Nov. 13. A total MVB Bank Change Bandit check will be presented to WVU Medicine Children’s during the radiothon broadcast.

In 2014, more than 8,000 kids spent at least one night at WVU Medicine Children’s. Children received treatment in Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department more than 7,800 times and underwent more than 3,900 surgeries. In total, families turned to WVU Medicine Children’s more than 180,000 times and found hope and healing.

For information about the radiothon, contact the WVU Medicine Children’s Development Office at 304-598-4346, ext. 1.

The toll free number for donations during the radiothon is 877-719-KIDS (5437).

WVU Medicine Children’s – located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant, and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants, and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. For information on WVU Medicine Children’s, see www.wvukids.com.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital, and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at www.cmnhospitals.org and www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs and Creative Services, 304-293-7087
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