MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 18th Annual Lacy Neff Q for Kids Radiothon benefitting WVU Medicine Children’s will hit the airwaves live on Thursday, Nov. 17.

WVU Medicine Children’s, Children’s Miracle Network, WVAQ (101.9 FM), and WQZK (94.1 FM) will host the radiothon in the Activity Center of WVU Medicine Children’s, on the sixth floor of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, and will be broadcasting live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18. Toothman Ford is sponsoring the WVAQ broadcast.

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 more than $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 in their official Change Bandit bags for WVU Medicine Children’s. All Change Bandit bags were returned to MVB Bank on Friday, Nov. 11. A total MVB Bank Change Bandit check will be presented to WVU Medicine Children’s during the radiothon broadcast.

In 2015, more than 8,300 kids spent at least one night at WVU Medicine Children’s. Children received treatment in J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department more than 7,900 times and underwent more than 3,500 surgeries. In total, families turned to WVU Medicine Children’s more than 199,000 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 J.W. 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

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 and

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