The K99.1FM Cares for Kids Radiothon had one goal in mind – to raise enough money to purchase a transport vehicle for Dayton Children’s. With 1,653 transports last year alone and each of the four vehicles logging nearly 25,000 miles a year, retiring a vehicle in spring of 2014 was a necessity.
Thanks to the generosity of our community, the 17th annual Radiothon set a new record of $294,901, which is a 46 percent increase over last year's event and enough to purchase a transport vehicle for $160,000!
The remaining money raised will fund recliners for the NICU, a blanket warmer for post-surgical patients, furniture for play spaces, a cast saw and foam positioners for surgery, and patient transfer boards which provide minimal movement for patients transferring to different units.
What contributed to the 2013 record-setting results?
Radiothon was a week earlier to prevent competing with Thanksgiving. In addition, several sponsors triple matched listeners' donations during Radiothon.
Did you know?
- Last year, Dayton Children’s transported 462 newborns and 1,191 pediatric patients for a total of 1,653 transports.
- Dayton Children’s transport is one of only a few services licensed as a pediatric mobile intensive care unit in Ohio. Transport serves a 20-county region and travels as far as Lima and Richmond, Indiana.
- The transport team is composed of a physician, critical care nurses, respiratory therapist, certified emergency vehicle operator; the average tenure of newborn transport nurses and respiratory therapists is 22 years.
- The transport vehicles are decorated in a variety of themes: Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Curious George and Fairies and each one has a distraction kit to keep kids calm during transport. To help keep kids calm during transport, each vehicle contains: a distraction kit, stuffed animals, volunteer-made blankets and picture books to help children understand what to expect when they arrive to the emergency department.
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