Radiothon for Niswonger Children’s Hospital exceeds fundraising goal

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JOHNSON CITY, TN –Thanks to an outpour of community support, Niswonger Children’s Hospital surpassed its fundraising goals for their third annual radiothon. Tuesday night, the hospital wrapped up its radiothon, exceeding their fundraising goal.

The hospital’s goal was to raise $200,000 and the total amount raised was $351,000.

Hospital officials say it’s great to see the community support. Scott Niswonger, clowns, and disney characters all joined in on a celebration after the radiothon.

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The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon is coming up March 2-3, and it’s a great time to support the region’s only children’s hospital. The money will benefit the hospital through the Mountain States Foundation to help bring the highest quality and most innovative medical care to the children of our region.

“Through the generosity of Holston Valley Broadcasting, our sponsors and our community, we have the opportunity to share the amazing story of Niswonger Children’s Hospital and what it means to the health care of our region,” said Pat Holtsclaw, Mountain States Foundation president. “This is a story where every gift makes a difference!”

The money raised will help the children’s hospital expand its existing services into comprehensive Centers of Excellence that will provide leading-edge technology and specialized care for children with complex medical conditions. These include things families would normally have to travel outside the region to find treatment for – like brain tumors, autism, epilepsy, diabetes, cerebral palsy and orthopedic conditions.

The radiothon will be broadcast live on Holston Valley Broadcasting stations 98.5 WTFM, Classic Hits 102.7 WVEK, 95.9 The Hog, FM94! WMEV, and ESPN Radio from the lobbies of Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport and Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va.

Volunteers will be manning phone banks to take caller donations from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on both days.

“What a great opportunity it is for Niswonger Children’s Hospital to partner with Holston Valley Broadcasting to support the hospital,” said Joe Grandy, 2015 radiothon chair. “Our patients and families will benefit greatly from the monies raised throughout this region, and we are grateful to all of our sponsors and volunteers.”

Donations can be called in to 855-611-KIDS (5437) on the days of the event. Donations can also be made online at any time at www.niswongerchildrensradiothon.com or by texting “RADIO” to 90947.

“I am excited that this is the third year for our radiothon fundraiser,” said Steven Godbold, CEO of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “It’s an important fundraiser for the needs of the region’s only children’s hospital, but it also allows us to share stories from the families we serve. We hope that none of the families listening will have to use our facilities, but we want them to know we are here if they need us.”

The goal this year is to raise $200,000. Last year’s radiothon raised over $140,000 and the money was used to purchase specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds.

From Niswonger Children’s Hospital

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