Central New York

Upstate Radiothon Raises $165,000 For Local Children’s Hospital

The first floor lobby of the Upstate University Hospital during last week's radiothon.

The first floor lobby of the Upstate University Hospital during last week’s radiothon. (c) 2018 John Licinio

By John Licinio SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Upstate Foundation held a radiothon last week to support the Upstate Galisano Children’s Hospital. According to the Director of Development and Communications at Upstate Galisano Children’s Hospital and the Upstate Foundation, Toni Gary, this year’s radiothon raised over $165,000 for the hospital, surpassing last year’s number of over $162,000.

A radiothon is an on-air radio campaign designed to raise money from listeners, who call in to pledge a specific amount of money to donate. The Upstate Foundation has held annual radiothon fundraisers in partnership with iHeart Radio to support the Upstate Galisano Children’s Hospital since 2003.

Gary believes that the radiothon is an important way of reaching out to the Central New York community. “It really is a great way of raising funds and having community support,” she said. “So many people came out, just hearing us on the radio, that wanted to do more for the kids at the hospital.”

The Upstate Galisano’s Children hospital serves patients in a 22-county area extending north to the Canadian border and south into Pennsylvania; it is part of the Children’s Miracle Network, a network of 170 hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

Gary said that the money will go to individual patients and their families to provide services that their health insurance may not cover otherwise. Gary also said that the hospital plans to purchase new films and Playstation 4 video game consoles for patient rooms.

You can donate to the Upstate Galisano Children’s hospital by visiting their website at https://www.upstatefoundation.org/gchdonate.