Kiss Cares for Kids and WBEN Radiothon aims to raise $173,000 in twelve hours

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Kiss 98.5 and WBEN are both broadcasting live from the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday as they work to bring in $173,000 in donations from the community.

That’s the price tag for new state-of-the-art ENT video tower that doctors will be able to use to make medical miracles happen for the little patients at Oishei.

“The new tower will provide greater clarity, it will increase the efficiency of a procedure, and most importantly, the kids won’t have to be under anesthesia quite as long,” explained Andrew Bennett, the vice president of the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation.

Because Oishei is a non-profit hospital and no child is ever turned away because of their family’s inability to pay, there’s really no room in the budget for new equipment like the ENT video tower unless donations are coming in.

GIVE | You can make a donation to the Kiss 98.5 Cares for Kids & WBEN Radiothon from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. by texting KissCares or WBEN to 51555 or calling 716-323-2500. You can also donate online here.

Over the last 17 years, the Kiss Cares for Kids radiothon has brought in millions of dollars to help provide best-in-class care for children and mothers in Western New York.

That’s care Carley Antonelli is very grateful for. She stopped by the radiothon phone bank first thing Thursday morning to make a donation in person after her son was admitted to Oishei Children’s Hospital Wednesday.

“He’s had about 20 seizures and he’s in very good care here,” Antonelli told News 4. “You never know when you’re going to need children’s hospital, but it’s great that he’s surrounded by supportive staff and he’s in good hands right now.”

The money raised through the annual radiothon helps put the best tools into doctors’ hands at Oishei. This is the first year WBEN has joined Kiss 98.5 for the event, increasing the reach for the radiothon even more. 

“You never want to be in the shoes of the parents that bring their children to this hospital that are hoping you can save their life,” said Janet Snyder, morning show host for Kiss 98.5. “you can really make a difference with whatever you can give.”

Volunteers are manning the phones at Oishei Children’s Hospital through 6 p.m. Donations are also accepted online here.

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