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Monday, November 18, 2019

100.7 WHUD Joins Community in Support of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital through the 15th Annual 100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids

100.7 WHUD to Broadcast Live from Hospital Lobby November 20-22; Donations to Support Campaign to Expand Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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VALHALLA, N.Y. (November 18, 2019) – Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the children’s hospital for the Hudson Valley, is once again teaming up with 100.7 WHUD, Westchester and the Hudson Valley’s music and information station, to host the 15th Annual 100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids.

100.7 WHUD has been a supporter of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for 15 years and that support continues with this year’s event. The Radiothon will feature WHUD personalities Mike Bennett, Kacey Morabito Grean, Tom Furci, and Andy Bale, broadcasting live from the lobby of the Children’s Hospital November 20th through 22nd from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday. Susan Browning (evenings) and Steve Petrone (overnights) will continue Radiothon efforts from the WHUD studios Wednesday and Thursday.

Throughout the three-day broadcast, 100.7 WHUD personalities will speak live with Hudson Valley children and families who will be returning to the hospital to share uplifting and inspiring stories of triumph over significant medical challenges. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital cares for children from the Hudson Valley, Fairfield County and beyond in need of open-heart surgery, brain surgery, cancer treatments, trauma and burn care, organ transplants, advanced neonatal services, and other advanced pediatric care.

Growing to Care for More Babies

This year, all Radiothon donations will support a $1.2 million expansion of the hospital’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU). The RNICU provides care for the Hudson Valley’s most at-risk newborns, including extreme low-birth-weight babies, some of whom were born as early as 22-weeks gestation (compared to a normal gestation period of 40 weeks) as well as full-term babies with congenital disorders and rare diseases. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized for saving and nurturing some of the smallest babies ever born, including a 9-ounce baby girl in 2015 and an 11-ounce boy in 2018.

The Community Supports Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Generous partners — including 100.7 WHUD, ShopRite Supermarkets, Saw Mill Auto, Premier Collection, Two's Company, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, All Aboard Child Education Centers and Morrison Healthcare — will show their support for the region’s seriously ill and injured children as Radiothon sponsors.

To support the hospital, interested donors can call (888) 499-5437 during the live event. Donations will also be accepted any time November 20-22 by texting “WHUD” to 5155 or online at WHUD.com.

The Radiothon is an annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals event. Maria Children’s Hospital is the Hudson Valley’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Inspiring Stories

Local children and families will be participating in the 15th Annual 100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids to represent the more than 30,000 cared for by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital services each year.

Josh

When Josh lost control of his bike, flew over his handle bars and was impaled by a sizable branch, there was a piece of wood pressing against his subclavian artery, just millimeters from his aorta. Josh was immediately airlifted to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, which is qualified to deal with the highest level of trauma. Following his surgery, Josh spent days at the hospital before returning home. Josh was lucky to start at school healthy and happy, just one week after his accident.

Anna

Anna was born with a rare genetic disorder called harlequin ichthyosis, in which skin cannot maintain its moisture and grows at 10 times the normal rate. Anna was transferred to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital directly after her birth. After receiving highly specialized care at the hospital’s RNICU and a surgery that saved her hands and feet, Anna was able to go home. She is healthy and thriving today.

Emilié

Emilié was diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury and associated hemorrhage after she was thrown from a horse. She was rushed to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma. After three weeks, Emilié awoke from her coma and today, she is doing well and aspires to be a doctor.