Children’s of Mississippi patients revealing the $502,470 pledged during the 2018 Mississippi Miracles Radiothon are, from left, sisters Kalaina McElroy and Zeniah McElroy of Jackson, Josh Sexton of Florence, Hannah Dunaway of Vicksburg, and Madalyn Davenport and her brother Derrick James of Byram. Image: UMMC

One by one, patients at Batson Children’s Hospital turned their posterboard signs, revealing the sum of $502,470 raised during the 2018 Mississippi Miracles Radiothon, which generates funds for Children’s of Mississippi through pledges to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Since 2002, more than $5.8 million has been raised through the Radiothon and its donors, with more than $1 million of that raised since 2017.

Children’s of Mississippi is the umbrella organization that includes Batson Children’s Hospital and all UMMC pediatric care.

During the Mississippi Miracles Radiothon, The Radio People stations US 96.3, Mix 98.7, Y101.7 and 93.5 The Legend, and Blues 93.1 from Jackson, River 101.3, K Hits 104.5 and 92.7 The Touch of Vicksburg, and 97 OKK, Q 101, 95.1 The Beat and Kiss 104.1 of Meridian broadcast from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day from the lobby of the state’s only children’s hospital.

“This is the best work we do all year,” said John Anthony, program director for Mix 98.7. “The radio stations help the community all year, for storm recovery and all sorts of community needs, but the Radiothon is special. You can look at Batson Children’s Hospital and see the donations at work and helping Mississippi’s children.”

Donations came in at all levels, from the Miracle Giving Club commitment of $20 a month to thousands donated by Mississippi businesses.

“Each year, thousands of Mississippians from all walks of life come together to help children,” said Jen Hospodor, director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Community Based Fundraising at UMMC. “We are so thankful for the generosity and caring of so many. Their donations help Children’s of Mississippi all year long.”

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