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Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Radiothon

Radiothon Celebrates 15 Years of Miracles

On February 11 and 12, the lobby of Strong Memorial Hospital was transformed into a miracle making hub at the 15th Annual Drive for Miracles Radiothon. WHAM 1180 and 100.5 The Drive, along with 13WHAM-TV, shifted from their regularly scheduled programming to interview past and present patients of the hospital, along with nurses, doctors, and staff from the Wegmans Child Life Program. They all joined together to share the great stories from inspiring children and families treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Rochester Amerks

Donations flooded into the phone lines as hundreds of volunteers sifted through the callers. Thanks to all the support from our loyal supporters, generous corporate sponsors and dedicated staff, $224,263 was raised.

The Drive’s Julie DePasquale, Bill and Jennae Moran, Scott Brooks, and Mayor Pete Kennedy joined WHAM’s Bob Lonsberry, Pauly Guglielmo, Deanna King, and J.P. Hastings in talking with thankful parents, former Miracle Kid patients, and pediatric nurses and doctors who have each felt the impact of donations first hand. We appreciate the support of the program directors Tias Schuster and Joe Bonadonna.

Dedicated to Courtney

This year’s Radiothon was dedicated to the late Courtney Wagner, whose contagious smile and persistent positive energy has not been forgotten. Her fighting spirit inspired thousands, and her legacy will continue to live on.

Once again, to make the two days even more special, Wisteria Flowers & Gifts, a long-time Golisano Children’s Hospital partner, donated colorful floral arrangements that were delivered right to patients’ bed sides as donors made monthly miracle maker pledges.


A huge thank you to all of the sponsors, which included:

Presenting Sponsor: Tops Friendly Markets

Miracle Moment Sponsors: Advantage Federal Credit Union, Chamberlain Septic and Sewer, Pettis Pools, and Spencerport Apothecary.

Special thanks to: Dunkin Donuts, Champp’s Eastview, Sal’s Birdland, Hegedorns, Desiato’s, and Wisteria Flowers & Gifts

The Drive for Miracles Radiothon would not be an annual success without support from the Rochester community.

VolunteersVolunteers from Tops Friendly Markets, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Walmart, the University of Rochester’s Men’s and Women’s Tennis team, Frontier Abstract, the Rochester Amerks, RE/MAX Plus, Rochester Rotary and Lattimore Physical Therapy – just to name a few – took calls from donors for a number of hours throughout each day. In addition to manning the phones, a number of organizations also sponsor Radiothon, often matching amounts called-in by generous donors.

If you'd like to learn about community fundraising events held throughout the year, we invite you to visit our calendar.