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Annual radiothon helps kids fighting for their lives at Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 06:41:11-05

BALTIMORE — Right now, Johns Hopkins Children's Center is over 90 percent full. People from all over come to Baltimore to make sure their child gets the best care, which is possible with your help.

The 32nd Annual Mix 106.5 Radiothon kicks off Thursday, February 25 at 6 a.m. The Radiothon is the biggest fundraiser for Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Since they started in 1989, they've raised more than $25 million for the center.

Dr. Margaret Moon, the co-director of Johns Hopkins Children's Center, said the money goes directly to the health of their patients. The two major things it helps with is comfort and creativity.

She said they work to make sure the children feel comfortable in the hospital and their families.

"To let these kids thrive during the hospital stay we have to let them be kids. We have to make them happy, help them feel comfortable, help them relax and get passed the fear," said Dr. Moon. "Radiothon funds really help us support those little extra things that we need to do that like make sure the kids have their own toys to play with. They get to play bingo on Wednesday afternoon. The child life team all the equipment they need to really embrace a child."

WMAR-2 News talked with the Wolsin family about their experience at the Children's Center.

They said the hospital actually feels like a home now since they spent so much time there with their daughter who's now thriving thanks to the help from the doctors and nurses.

You'll meet Kinsley and her parents Friday on Good Morning Maryland.

Money raised from the Radiothon also goes to innovation, to help get an idea off the ground or to test one out.

"Give people a chance to try something new, something remarkable something brilliant to help kids and stay out of the hospital or get out of the hospital," said Dr. Moon. "We have to keep moving forward. We have to keep pushing the limits. We have to keep asking questions. Can we do this better? Is this enough? Is there something else we’re missing? Can we change how the care of children happens? That’s what we’re about."

If you want to help the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, call 410-823-1065 or text MIX to 51555.

You can tune in to Mix 106.5 for live coverage Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.