January 31, 2017

Children’s Hospital Radiothon in Saskatoon Returns for 15th Year

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan’s largest annual fundraiser, the Children’s Hospital Radiothon presented by your local SaskEnergy Network Members, returns tomorrow. The three-day event will broadcast live from The Centre Mall on 600 CJWW, 92.9 The Bull, and 98COOL FM beginning at 6am.

Children's Hospital Radiothon volunteers answering phones

“With just over two years left until our province’s new maternal and children’s hospital opens, your support is needed now more than ever,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. “In addition to raising funds for one of the largest capital campaigns in Saskatchewan history, we’re also funding the most critical maternal and pediatric needs today for our kids and moms-to-be. It’s a big task and we’re grateful for every dollar donated by donors and sponsors to help care for kids and families in need.”

“SaskEnergy Network Members are local plumbing and heating contractors based in communities all across Saskatchewan. In 2019, families from these communities will have access to state-of-the-art equipment at the children’s hospital thanks to funding from the Children’s Hospital Radiothon,” says spokesperson Brent Badrock of Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning. “With the Radiothon now in its 15th year, this project is turning from a vision into a reality. On behalf of SaskEnergy Network Members, I am proud to kick off the 15th Annual Children’s Hospital Radiothon with a cheque from SaskEnergy/TransGas employees in the amount of $1643. Today I am also donating $100 and I issue a challenge to other Saskatchewan businesses to meet or beat this $100 donation.”

Champion Child Calla Gross and her mom Vicki
Calla Gross and her mom Vicki at the 2016 Children’s Hospital Radiothon

Twelve-year-old Calla Gross, this year’s Children’s Hospital Radiothon Ambassador, is also encouraging Saskatchewan to support the event. The Saskatoon girl was born 13 weeks early, weighing just over 2 pounds, and spent two months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). That experience forever changed her family, inspiring Calla to fundraise for the Children’s Hospital Radiothon every year.

Funds raised at this year’s event will support a 4D ultrasound probe for maternal care, along with an INVOS Monitor to help protect the brains of newborn babies, and an AEEG Monitoring System for early detection of seizures in high-risk premature babies. Since it began in 2003, the Children’s Hospital Radiothon has raised over $4.7 million for both urgent pediatric equipment needs and the province’s new maternal and children’s hospital, which is approximately 42% complete and on schedule to open in late 2019.

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