JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The 2014 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon was a big success March 3-4, raising more than $140,000. The money will benefit the children’s hospital through the Mountain States Foundation and be used to purchase specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds, which cost about $35,000 apiece.
“This event was all about the equipment needs for the smallest of our patients, those who are in the NICU,” said Mountain States Foundation President Pat Holtsclaw. “Our thanks to the community as they gave from their hearts!”
“That $140,000 surpasses last year’s total by about $15,000, and it equates to four of those NICU beds the hospital can buy,” said Don Raines, 2014 Radiothon Chair. “We really appreciate all the great help we got out of our ‘phone commandos’ and all the time and effort our volunteers put into this, and I want to thank all our sponsors and donors for stepping up and helping the young patients in our region, because that’s what this is all about.”
The radiothon was broadcast live from the lobby of Niswonger Children’s Hospital on Holston Valley Broadcasting stations 98.5 WTFM, Classic Hits 102.7 WVEK, 95.9 The Hog, FM94! WMEV, and ESPN Radio. Fundraising began several months ago and culminated with the radiothon. Corporate sponsors; local organizations like schools, churches and clubs; and families and individuals pitched in to help the radiothon reach their goal.
“It was a wonderful event,” said Steven Godbold, CEO of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “I want to thank the community for their support and thank everyone who participated. This means a lot to our hospital and to the children and families who depend on us.”
Although the on-air portion of the radiothon has ended, donations can still be made online at www.mshafoundation.org/radiothon.