Mix 106.5 to Kick Off Three-Day Radio Benefit Feb. 29

February 14, 2012

The annual MIX 106.5 Radiothon benefiting Johns Hopkins Children’s Center will begin its 23rd annual broadcast on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event kickoff at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, with the MIX 106.5 morning show team, Johns Hopkins Children's Center Director George Dover, M.D., renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson, M.D., patients and families. A group of Star Wars characters will join the festivities.

The three-day broadcast starts at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, and concludes at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2. In its 22 years, the MIX 106.5 Radiothon has raised nearly $14 million for Hopkins Children’s.

“Year after year, our friends at MIX bring to listeners the unforgettable stories of our patients and the doctors, nurses and staff who care for them,” said Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Director George Dover, M.D.

“From the baby with a mysterious seizure, to the 3-year-old battling both cancer and heart disease, to the courageous little girl who underwent multiple reconstructive surgeries for a devastating birth defect — all these patients and hundreds like them have benefitted in one way or another from the items and programs we have been able to provide through the generous donations of MIX listeners and the community.”

This year also marks two other milestones: the 100th anniversary of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the opening of our new home.

“A century ago, Harriet Lane Johnston, who lost both her sons to rheumatic fever, bequeathed money to start a children’s hospital here at Johns Hopkins, the Harriet Lane Home for Invalid Children—the predecessor to today’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center,” Dover said.

Just like her donation, your donations—no matter how small or big—can help change our patients’ worlds, whether it’s by buying books and DVDs to distract a child from the doldrums of hospital life or life-saving equipment for our most critically ill patients, Dover added.

And 2012 heralds the beginning of a new era for Hopkins Children’s with the opening of our new home, The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, on April 29.

“Our new home will allow us to continue to do what we do best: Change pediatrics, one child at a time,” Dover said. “And the Bloomberg Children’s Center is an example of how far generous donations can go. More than one-third of the funding for our new home came from philanthropic support.”

Tune in to hear interviews with patients, nurses, physicians and staff and their stories of survival and loss, heartbreak and hope, the brave promise of science and the dramatic twists and turns of life in the hospital.

The MIX 106.5 Radiothon is part of the ongoing “Caring for Kids” multimedia campaign to benefit Hopkins Children’s patients and their families. Another component of the campaign is the annul TV special with WMAR-Ch. 2, which will air at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 3.

To see some of our patients from previous years To listen to the Radiothon broadcast directly online For more information, www.hopkinschildrens.org and www.mix1065.net Find out more about our Caring for Kids Campaign


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