BALTIMORE - You have heard their stories on the radio all day; sometimes so touching you need to turn the volume down before you cry.
They are the children helped every day by the doctors at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and every year, the folks at Mix 106.5 pull an all-nighter and then some to help these families out as part of the radio fundraiser now in its 25th year.
Parent Rachael Sponseller said she gets involved because it’s a way for her to give back for the hospital saving her son’s life.
“We have this beautiful thriving 4-year-old because of this hospital,” she said.
Last year the pediatric trauma service treated more than 830 children, including Katie Jenkins’ daughter.
“When she was 17 months old, she was here for surgery to correct cranialsinostosis, which is a congenital birth defect that affects her head, so she had surgery on her skull to correct that.”
By staying on the air for their round the clock broadcast which started at 5:30 Thursday morning and ends at 8:30 p.m. Friday, the Mix 106.5 Radiothon for the Hopkins children Center is the longest running Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon.
“You never know if you’re going to need to come here and it’s right here,” said Maria Dennis with Mix 106.5. “People we have talked to say they have donated in the past and never realized we would need the Johns Hopkins Children Center, and thank God they are here. That’s what we do."
You can donate in three ways. You can call 410-823-1065, head to Hopkins Children's Center's website to donate online, or text "HOPKINS" to 50555.