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Corus Radiothon raises record-breaking $1.95M for the Stollery Children’s Hospital

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Corus Radiothon: Stollery Children’s Hospitals helps patients beyond Edmonton’s borders
The Corus Radiothon in support of the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation is underway. The Edmonton children's hospital helps patients from far beyond Edmonton's borders. Kendra Slugoski speaks to a family from Saddle Lake – Jan 25, 2024

UPDATE: The Corus Radiothon raised $1.95 million as of Friday night (with more donations still coming in), which the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation said was a record. The amount surpassed the 2023 record-breaking total by more than $200,000!

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Stollery Children’s Hospital Radiothon raises record-breaking $1.95M

It’s the 25th anniversary of the Corus Radiothon in support of Stollery Children’s Hospital. Over the last 24 years, over $30 million has been raised in support of programs, equipment, research, and training at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

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This year, Corus radio stations and Global News want to raise that number and build a new Stollery Children’s Hospital to reduce wait times, provide integrated care including mental healthcare and virtual care and enhance privacy to better support the families that come through their doors.

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Stollery Family: Jenny and Finley

The fundraising also aims to expand 24/7 mental health support to children, youth and families, improve helpline support and they hope to create a separate walk-in clinic to cut wait times and make medical staff more accessible.

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Every year the Stollery responds to 324,425 patient visits, has 56,649 emergency room visits, performs 10,965 surgeries, and is renowned as the hub for pediatric heart surgery in Western Canada and their team offers expert care to kids from Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and the three territories.

CISN Country 103.9 will be broadcasting live all-day Thursday, and 630 CHED will air on Friday from 5:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Global Edmonton be sharing Stollery stories until the phone lines close at 7 p.m.

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During the two-day broadcast, over 40 families from across Alberta and BC will tell their Stollery story and discuss how donations can make a difference to families just like theirs.

“We often hear families say, ‘people know the Stollery is a special place, but it’s until your child needs expert care that you realize how lucky we are.’ We need people to donate today to make sure the Hospital can offer the Stollery-level of care for kids tomorrow and today,” said Megan Wenger with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“With your support, we’re able to continue transforming health care in Western Canada, by making sure kids and youth, no matter where they live, have access to some of the best physical and mental health care anywhere in the world.”

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There are unique ways to give back, and the hospital says monthly donations make a substantial impact. A $20 a month donation allows the Foundation to plan for the unexpected. If that isn’t a fiscally feasible option a one-time donation will also make a big difference.

In just one year a monthly donation of $20 a month can fund programs such as pet therapy for one week, cover the cost of art therapy supplies for one week and support programming at The Beach for five hours. The Beach is described as a medical-free zone for patients at the Hospital where they encourage fun and play.

Your generosity will give sick kids the fighting chance to live a long and healthy life. To donate, call 780-407-KIDS (5437) or visit stollerykids.com

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