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Sixth annual Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon raises $395,000

Johnson City Press • Mar 9, 2018 at 10:42 AM

12-year-old Patiance Garder beamed with excitement when hospital leaders announced the total raised through the 2018 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon. 

Patiance is a patient at the children’s hospital who gets monthly infusions due to an immune deficiency. She asked for one thing for her birthday, which was on Feb 25. She wanted people to donate to the radiothon to help kids like her. 

“This has been the best birthday yet, and I’m so happy all these people donated to the hospital,” Patiance said in a Thursday press release from the children’s hospital.

“It’s really important to me because I want everybody to have a chance to feel better and not be sick. The radiothon is such a great cause because it helps sick kids like me. I don’t know what I would do without Niswonger Children’s Hospital. They are like my family.”

The two-day event began on Monday, Feb. 26, and raised more than $395,000, far surpassing last year’s total of $330,000. Since the fundraiser began six years ago, the radiothon has raised more than $1.3 million for various programs at Niswonger. This year, the funds went to support the Niswonger Children’s Resource Center, which provides health education and support to families throughout the region. 

More than 200 volunteers and 1,300 donors came together to support this year’s fundraiser. Teams of volunteers also competed last week to see who could garner the most money for the radiothon. After hitting the phones to call friends and family members, the winning team — led by Hayley Dietrich — raised over $76,000. 

If you would like to donate to the radiothon, you can still do so through www.NiswongerChildrensRadiothon.com, text 'FORHOPE' to 243725 or call the Ballad Health Foundation at 423-302-3131.

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