CMN Radiothon raises $58,000

ALBANY — The 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital raised $58,000 for sick or injured babies and children treated at the hospital, officials at Phoebe said Wednesday.

Almost 100 volunteers from the hospital and community participated last month in the two-day event broadcast live on B100 and 97.3 Hit Music Now Clear Channel stations from Phoebe’s Wetherbee Lobby.

“The response to this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon was amazing,” said Amanda Biery, coordinator for Children’s Miracle Network at Phoebe, said in a news release. “This year’s total is a 29 percent increase over last year. The people of Southwest Georgia get it. They understand that the extra equipment and programs we can purchase with their donations are making a difference to our babies and children. They really stepped up and showed that they are generous and have a heart for these children.”

“We really owe a debt of gratitude to Clear Channel’s production professionals, who spent time with each of our Radiothon families and produced the stories that touched our hearts.”

The stories of 11 families were featured during the radiothon, giving listeners an idea of the work being done at Children’s Miracle Network facilities across the country — including Phoebe. The audience also heard how the Albany hospital uses the funds raised to purchase equipment and programs.

A special guest at the radiothon was the reigning Miss Georgia, Carly Mathis of Lee County.

“Carly has visited with children in our pediatric unit many times over a number of years,” Biery said. “There is a partnership between the Miss America organization and Children’s Miracle Network to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, and Miss Georgia serves as (a) role model for many other pageant contestants to get involved and to help children in our communities.”

Phoebe is one of Georgia’s six state-designated perinatal centers. The hospital’s neonatal intensive care ambulance is equipped to transport infants throughout a 22-county perinatal region.

Officials say 100 percent of the funds raised here helps insure all children in Southwest Georgia have access to hospital equipment and specialty services and programs.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion since 1983, most of it $1 at a time. Officials say these donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

For more information on Children’s Miracle Network at Phoebe, contact Biery at (229) 312-1494.