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Akron Children's Hospital to host 18th annual 98.1 KDD Have a Heart, Do Your Part Radiothon

Published: February 3, 2017 11:12 AM

AKRON, Ohio – The 18th annual 98.1 KDD “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon benefitting Akron Children's Hospital will broadcast live on 98.1 KDD Feb. 9-11. The radiothon will air from 5:30 a.m. to7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 11.

The 3-day event features stories about Akron Children’s patients, including 8-year-old Spencer Beal from Dover who was diagnosed with a form of dwarfism at 5-months-old and the 6-year-old Spicocchi quintuplets, Ellie, Enzo, Gia, Ilah and Paige, of Massillon, who were born at just 24 weeks and 3 days, each weighing less than 2 pounds.

“I think that’s the incredible part about Radiothon, hearing all of these inspiring stories directly from our patient families about the journey they’ve been on and how Akron Children’s has impacted their lives,” said Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program manager at Akron Children’s.

Donors can make their pledge one of three ways during the Radiothon – by calling 1-866-543-0981, texting KDD to 41444 or by visiting akronchildrens.org/radiothon.  

“We’re grateful to KDD for their continued partnership and we’re also blown away every year by the incredible support we receive from the community,” said Avalon.

Since it began in 2000, the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon has raised $9.8 million for the patient care, education and research efforts at Akron Children’s.

In addition to the money raised during the 3-day live broadcast, community Change Bandits have been busy collecting money  that is included in the event’s total. As of Feb. 3, nearly 400 Change Bandits had signed up to collect change for Akron Children’s. In 2016, Change Bandits collected about $100,000 for Radiothon.

For more information on the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon, visit akronchildrens.org/radiothon.


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