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Hospital lobby to resemble broadcast studio as Radiothon for Kids goes live Feb. 28 and March 1


The main lobby of Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus will be transformed into a radio studio as 16th Annual Radiothon for Kids benefiting Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will broadcast live from this location on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28 and March 1.

The Upstate Foundation is partnering with iHeart Media and CNY Central for this annual event, which supports a wide variety of funds and programs that directly impact Upstate’s pediatric services and patients. Through the years, the Radiothon for Kids has raised funds that support new equipment, comfort items, distraction toys, support for specific family needs, materials and staff for the Family Resource Center, Safe Kids Upstate NY and children’s hospital programs, including research, educational training and the Child Life Program.

“Radiothon is a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn more about the special care Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital provides children across the region,” said Toni Gary of the Upstate Foundation.  “And this is a special year for our children’s hospital as we celebrate its 10th birthday. Thanks to the continued support from the community, we have been able to establish a premier facility for our kids.”

The Radiothon for Kids will be broadcast live from the first floor lobby of Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. Patients and visitors will be able to see the phone banks and live broadcast happening, including radio and television personalities conducting interviews with patients, families and Upstate’s pediatric care team.

Radiothon for Kids will air from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Syracuse iHeart Radio stations Y94 FM and WSYR Radio.

Donations can be made online now and throughout Radiothon by visiting Radiothon For Kids or iHeart Media stations. Learn more about the kids who will be featured on this year’s broadcast and join the conversation during Radiothon for Kids on the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Facebook, The Upstate Foundation Facebook or by following @UpstateGolisano on Twitter and using the hashtag #UpstateKids and #Radiothon2019.

Sponsors for Radiothon for Kids include Stewart Shops, Tops Friendly Markets, Honda City, AmeriCU, CPA Recruitment, Diana Jewelers, Driver’s Village, Panera Bread, Peppino’s Pizza, Press Room Pub, Travel Leaders in Bayberry Plaza, Chick-Fil-A, Energy Savers, Revercomb Dental and Upstate’s Department of Pediatrics and Office of the President.

For more information, contact the Foundation office at 315-464-4416.