Radiothon raises $52,000 for children

Posted May 18, 2009, at 3:09 p.m.

The Children’s Miracle Network of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems just wrapped up its eighth Radiothon live at the Bangor Mall on KISS 94.5 radio.

Generous donors made it the most successful children’s network Radiothon ever, organizers said, and they expect the more than $52,000 raised to help many children in the region. Donations are still coming in.

Zachery Nickerson, 11, of Corinth is just one of many “miracle” children the Radiothon and Children’s Miracle Network helps. He has undergone three transplants – two bone marrow and, one year ago, a double lung transplant. Although EMMC does not do transplants, the hospital’s staff helped Nickerson gain enough strength to endure the procedures.

The youngster, who is the son of Lloyd and Michele Nickerson, was born with severe immune deficiency and has lived most of his life in his home. A common cold could be deadly for him. This is the first time in his life his parents didn’t fear taking him out in public.

Zack receives monthly treatments at the EMMC Pediatric Specialty Clinic and makes routine visits to pediatric outpatient rehab on Union Street – both funded, in part, by Children’s Miracle Network.

The Children’s Miracle Network of EMHS works in with Blueberry Broadcasting and local sponsors to help to make sure children in this region of Maine have the health care close to home.

The annual Radiothon would not be possible without many volunteers and network “miracle families,” from Fort Kent to Waterville and Greenville to East Machias, organizers said. These families were at the Bangor Mall during the three-day Radiothon aired on KISS 94.5.

Since 1988, $6.5 million has been raised by the network for the hospitals and programs of EMHS through individual donations and corporate support. One hundred percent of those funds stay in Maine for pediatric health care and programs such as Pathfinders for grieving children.

Michael Crowley, president of Healthcare Charities, said the network is successful because generous people believe in the children and want to make sure they have the best chance at a healthy life.

“We want to thank our miracle families for sharing their personal stories of how the support of the Children’s Miracle Network helped make a difference in their lives,” Crowley said. He added that we can all make a difference in the lives of children in northern, central and eastern Maine. “Thank you to everyone who dug deep and gave what they could, proving miracles do happen – every day.”

Money raised through the Children’s Miracle Newtork of EMHS will help purchase of specialized pediatric medical equipment, therapy supplies, community outreach and education materials, and children’s services at EMHS hospitals.

For information, call EMHS Healthcare Charities at 973-5055.

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