JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — A collective cheer could be heard throughout the Niswonger Children’s Hospital lobby as the fifth annual radiothon came to an end on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
The two day event – which was full of excitement and celebrations – began on Monday, Feb. 27 and raised more than $315,000 in pledges for the region’s only children’s hospital, surpassing the original goal of $270,000. Donations were still coming in Wednesday morning, so the total continues to grow. More than 100 volunteers and 1,400 donors, along with 12 sponsors came together to support the radiothon.
“I can’t put into words how grateful I am for all the support we’ve received,” said Lisa Carter, chief executive officer of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “This is an absolutely amazing community and I’m so proud to be a part of it. Watching everyone come forward and donate to the radiothon is wonderful. So many of our kids will be helped by this outpouring of support.”
The radiothon is presented by the Mountain States Foundation and was broadcast live on four of Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation’s radio stations (98.5 WTFM, 95.9 The Hog WRZK, Classic Hits 102.7 WVEK, and ESPN Tri-Cities) both days. Phone bank teams were set up in the lobby of Niswonger Children’s Hospital as well as at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport and Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia.
“This has been an incredible two days,” said Pat Holtsclaw, president of the Mountain States Foundation. “Thank you to everyone who donated. It means so much to the young patients and families the children’s hospital serves.”
If you missed the radio broadcasts on Monday and Tuesday, there is still time to make a donation. To donate, visit www.NiswongerChildrensRadiothon.com.