“There are countless families that come and they are so grateful to the support that the hospital has given them, the hospital that has saved their kid’s life many times,” said Megan Wenger, a communications advisor with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, organizers of the fundraiser revealed the radiothon raised $1,428,772 in donations.
This year, the money raised will be going to support whatever the most urgent needs are at the hospital
“All those donations go towards all the funding priorities at the hospital,” Wenger said. “It’s really great because the hospital really lets us know what they need so that we can urgently help.”
On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 30 families shared their stories with CISN Country 103.9 and 630 CHED, while over 150 volunteers answer the phones throughout the two days.
“It is the most electric day at the Stollery Children’s Hospital,” Wenger said.
“A lot of people know we’re very fortunate to have the Stollery Children’s Hospital in our backyard. But until you really live it and experience it, you don’t know truly how valuable that world-class facility is.”
CISN Country 103.9 had been broadcasting live from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and both CISN and 630 CHED shared families’ stories from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Global News took its Global News at 5 Edmonton and Global News Hour at 6 Edmonton On The Road to the hospital as well, broadcasting live on Wednesday.