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MONTGOMERY (Mar. 22, 2011) - Heartwarming stories of the courageous kids who have been treated at Children's Hospital will fill the airwaves across Montgomery this week as the hospital's annual Music and Miracles Radiothon gets underway on MIX 103 FM. The two-day event will be broadcast live from the Center Court at Eastdale Mall Thursday, Mar. 24 and Friday, Mar. 25 from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Listeners will hear youngsters and their parents share their personal experiences of the care they received at Alabama's only hospital dedicated solely to children. Morning DJs Leanne and J.T. will also be talking with doctors and nurses from Children's and encouraging listeners to call 334-273-2900 locally or 877-525-2943 outside Montgomery to make a donation.
Funds raised by the Radiothon support the health care provided at Children's as well as the numerous programs and services the hospital provides to patients and their families. Last year, children from Montgomery, Autauga and Elmore counties made 9,700 trips to the Birmingham hospital.
The Children's Hospital of Alabama is the 10th busiest pediatric medical center in the United States. Located in Birmingham, Children's is one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation and the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is licensed for 275 beds.
Children's is home to the state's only Level I pediatric trauma center, the only pediatric renal care center, the largest pediatric burn center in the Southeast and is one of the largest pediatric outpatient centers in the nation. The UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Children's Hospital is Alabama's single largest provider of specialized pediatric services for all forms of cancer, leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, hemophilia and other blood disorders and sickle cell diseases. Children's treats 95-percent of the children in Alabama diagnosed with childhood cancers and other blood disorders, and offers the only pediatric bone marrow transplant program in the state. Six of its divisions of sub-specialties earned a Top 30 Ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
Children's is a private, not-for-profit hospital governed by a volunteer board of trustees. The hospital was recently recognized for the excellence of its nursing care by achieving Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credential Center. Children's is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. For more information, visit www.chsys.org.