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Annual "Music & Miracles" Radiothon Will Help Patients at Children's; Award-winning Pianist Jim Brickman will be Special Guest

BIRMINGHAM (Aug. 1, 2014) – Birmingham area listeners will have the chance to make a difference in the lives of patients at Children’s of Alabama by supporting the annual “Music and Miracles” Radiothon Aug. 22 and 23. For the fifth consecutive year, the Radiothon will be broadcast live from the main lobby of the Children’s of Alabama McWane Lobby (1600 7th Ave. S., Birmingham 35233) on WMJJ Magic 96.5 on Friday, Aug. 22, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on The Q 103.7 on Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Farris, Riley and Pitt is the Title Sponsor of this year’s Radiothon.

Award-winning, chart-topping pianist Jim Brickman will be a special on-air guest of Children’s and Magic 96.5 during Friday’s broadcast. Brickman will join local radio personalities in encouraging listeners to support the Radiothon by donating funds that will help provide care to the ill and injured youngsters treated at Children’s.

Throughout the two-day event, listeners will hear the heart-touching stories of some of the brave youngsters who have overcome challenging illnesses and injuries through the care they received at Children’s, the state’s only hospital dedicated solely to pediatric health care. Rylee East is one of those patients. Rylee was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a hole in the diaphragm (the muscle under the lungs used for breathing), that allows organs from the abdomen to move into the chest. It is a life-threatening condition. Just 6 days old, Rylee underwent corrective surgery and was able to go home after five weeks. Her mom and dad thought the worst was over, but when Rylee was about 6 months old, they were told their daughter had infantile scoliosis, an S- or C-shaped curve in the spine that can be caused by CDH. To correct the problem as she grows, orthopedic doctors have used a process called meta casting where a series of plaster casts are applied around the torso to help mold the baby’s soft bones and work with her growth spurts. Rylee has had five casts and still faces the prospect of additional surgery.

Listeners will also learn more about the work that goes on inside the walls of Children’s new Benjamin Russell expansion through interviews with some of the doctors, nurses and other health care providers who work there. All are invited to personally participate in the Radiothon by calling in to share their own Children’s stories and help support Children’s by calling in a pledge to 205/638-7701 during Radiothon hours, stopping by the McWane Lobby at Children’s during Radiothon hours or donating online at

On-air personalities will use the hashtag “#musicandmiracles” to live-tweet from the Radiothon. Listeners are encouraged to also use the hashtag in tweeting about their response to the stories they hear and the pledges they make.

Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals. Each year, the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. And every dollar raised locally will help provide care to the ill and injured children treated at Children’s of Alabama.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. Children’s is ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 670,000 outpatient visits and experienced nearly 14,000 inpatient days at Children’s, coming from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. In 2012, Children’s moved much of its inpatient services into a new facility named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at