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Music & Miracles Radiothon set for Feb. 10 and 11 in Dothan
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02/04/2016
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DOTHAN – The annual Music & Miracles Radiothon, benefitting patients at Children’s of Alabama, will broadcast live from Walmart, 3300 S. Oates St., Dothan, Feb. 10 and 11 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The public is invited to participate in the radiothon by tuning in to 95.5 (WTVY-FM) during the broadcast or by visiting Walmart during the event. Families also are invited to Walmart to share their own Children’s stories.

Listeners will hear moving stories of children from the Wiregrass region and throughout Alabama. Among those children is Halee Deal of Jack, Ala., who at age 8 was involved in a serious ATV accident on Thanksgiving Day 2011. “She was unresponsive when we found her and our Crew Cab Polaris Ranger was on top her,” recalled Halee’s mother, Kayla.

Halee suffered six broken ribs, a lacerated liver, a broken pelvis and bruised lungs, one of which had collapsed. She was airlifted to Children’s and her parents were told she might not make it through the night. A team of doctors and nurses treated Halee in the pediatric intensive care unit, and within a few days, she was moved to a regular room and eventually released. Now a 12-year-old seventh grader at Zion Chapel School in Jack, Halee is “back to normal,” Kayla said.

“I had always heard what an amazing place Children’s was, although I had hoped I would never have to see first-hand,” Kayla said. “Going through what we went through, I cannot think of anywhere else I would have wanted my child to be cared for.”

The Music & Miracles Radiothon has raised more than $1 million for Alabama’s ill and injured children. Children’s is the only free-standing pediatric hospital in Alabama and the third largest pediatric hospital in the U.S. In 2014, Wiregrass region families made more than 8,100 visits to Children’s.

To make a pledge, listeners can call the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Hotline, sponsored by CenturyLink, at (334) 793-HELP or make an online donation at give.childrensal.org/dothanradiothon.

On-air personalities will use the hashtag #musicandmiracles when live tweeting from the event, and listeners are encouraged to use the hashtag in response to the stories they hear and pledges they make. For more information, visit childrensal.org or 955wtvy.com.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.