One Big Kiss for Children's Radiothon Exceeds Last Year's Donations, Raises $808,106 for Children's Hospital

KISS 106.1 FM, an Infinity broadcasting station, raised more than $808,106 for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center during its second annual Radiothon, February 5 through 8.


KISS 106.1 FM, an Infinity broadcasting station, raised more than $808,106 for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center during its second annual Radiothon, February 5 through 8.

Seattle, Wash. – KISS 106.1 FM, an Infinity broadcasting station, raised more than $808,106 for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center during its second annual Radiothon, February 5 – 8. The amount exceeded last year's total of $550,000. Radio personalities Jackie and Bender, along with Jake and other on-air KISS 106.1 staff, brought the stories of Children's patients, families, staff and volunteers to their listeners across the region. Listeners called in donations.

"The community's tremendous support has overwhelmed us," said Sue Mecham, Children's Hospital trustee. "We are extremely grateful for the sincerity and compassion Jackie and Bender and the entire KISS 106.1 staff brought to this year's Radiothon. The ability to reach KISS 106.1's audience of younger community members is especially exciting, as it shows the joy of giving is not restricted to any age."

The funds raised from the Radiothon will benefit Children's new patient care facility expansion project. The four-day event was filled with emotional stories from current and past patients and families from start to finish.

"Everyone at KISS 106.1 was absolutely ecstatic about this year's ‘One Big KISS For Children's' and our growing partnership with Children's Hospital," said Mike Preston, KISS 106.1 operations manager. "Jackie and Bender and our whole staff love the chance to be so involved with what is one of our community's most valuable resources."

The Radiothon is an annual KISS 106.1 event in support of Children's.

As both a community hospital for greater Seattle and the pediatric referral center for the Pacific Northwest, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center provides directly or in partnership with others, excellent pediatric care, education and research programs. Children's is an advocate on behalf of health care needs of children at local, state and national levels. Children's provides health care appropriate for the special needs of children regardless of race, sex, creed, ethnicity or disability. Financial assistance is provided based upon family need and hospital resources.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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