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Heartfelt Stories Travel Airwaves into Homes, Cars

The 9th Annual Drive for Miracles Revs up Dec. 11-14

Monday, December 01, 2008

During this special season of giving, The Drive for Miracles will share stories of hope and triumph with listeners that highlight some of the many miracles that happen at Golisano Children’s Hospital every day. This year’s radiothon is an opportunity for the community to offer support to the many patients who are facing tough challenges as the holidays approach.

The annual radiothon, which benefits Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, has adopted a new and very fitting date. The Drive for Miracles will be broadcast live from the Strong Memorial Hospital lobby 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 11 and Dec. 12, and from Eastview Mall 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 13, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 14, respectively. “The Drive for Miracles radiothon will share moving stories and invite people to show they care during the season for sharing and caring,” said Children’s Miracle Network coordinator Betsy Findlay. “It couldn’t fall during a more perfect time of year.” Pledges can be made by dialing 241-KIDS (5437) during radiothon hours.

The event, made possible with the help of the Children’s Miracle Network, will be hosted by The Drive morning show personalities Gately and Julie. The duo will air the real-life stories of local families of patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Listeners can tune in to 100.5 The Drive to listen to these heart-warming stories. Volunteers from area businesses and community organizations will generously donate their time to accept phone pledges.

Like last year’s event – which raised more than $130,000 for kids at the hospital – this year’s radiothon will culminate the Change Trooper competition, presenting prizes to good-will wardens that collected the most spare change from friends and family (to be added to the overall radiothon total). To learn more or enlist as a Change Trooper or for more information on The Drive for Miracles, call the Office of Advancement at (585) 273-5948.

As one of the world’s leading charities, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) links 170 hospitals, providing them with funds needed to offer 24-hour-a-day service to kids of all ages and backgrounds.   Since it’s founding in 1983, CMN has worked through hospitals to help millions of kids each year battle every disease and injury imaginable— from asthma and broken bones to cancer, sickle-cell anemia, pediatric aids and muscular dystrophy. The Drive for Miracles Kids Radiothon is just one of the 275 radiothons that CMN supports each year; 100 percent of all locally-raised funds stay local, helping the nearest CMN hospital.

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