Fundraiser leads up to Morgantown radiothon

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It’s in your couch, under the seat of your car, and in a pile on your dresser. But, did you know that all that loose change could be turned into life-saving medical treatment for a child at WVU Medicine Children’s and has the potential to win you a trip to Virginia Beach? It’s true!

On Friday (Sept. 18), the countdown to the 17th Annual Q for Kids Radiothon will begin with the kickoff of the Change Bandit campaign. For this part of the fundraiser, every penny really does count. Change Bandits collect change, bills, and checks made payable to WVU Medicine Children’s/WVUF in their official Change Bandit bags, which can be picked up at any MVB Bank location.  

Bandits will collect change through Friday, Nov. 13. On that day, all bags must be returned to MVB Bank. The Change Bandit who collects the most money for WVU Medicine Children’s will win a two-night stay at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The Q for Kids Radiothon will broadcast live on WVAQ, WQZK, and WELK from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 19 and 20 from the WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital cafeteria. A total MVB Bank Change Bandit check will be presented to WVU Medicine Children’s during the broadcast. The winner of the Virginia Beach trip will be announced during the broadcast.

The toll-free number for donations during the radiothon is 877-719-5437 (KIDS). To date, the Q for Kids Radiothon has raised more than $1.5 million for WVU Medicine Children’s.

For more information about the Change Bandit campaign or the Q for Kids Radiothon, contact Dee O’Palko, WVU Medicine Children’s development officer, at 304-598-4346 ext. 4 or

For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
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