(02/06/14) - The phones began ringing well before the sun came up at Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint.
"This is huge. It's a once a year thing, and we just look forward to it every year. We do a lot of work behind the scenes to get ready and meet some great kids," said Rachel Geddes, of WIOG 102.5 FM.
It's all part of the "WIOG Cares for Kids Radiothon", which runs through Friday night. Proceeds benefit Children's Miracle Network, and specifically, Hurley.
"It's two great days, and it makes a difference for our kids and families, and you're hearing about them, you're seeing them, and it makes a difference for our future patients and children that we're going to serve here at Hurley over the next year," said Rick Warmbold, Hurley Foundation president.
The Hurley Foundation already has some ideas for what to do with this year's donations.
"We want to buy some new infant cribs and we also want to buy some thermometers that we can put in each of our emergency pediatric rooms," Warmbold said.
The Cares for Kids Radiothon is now in its second decade and has brought in more than $1 million.
"It's crazy for us to think we're donating two days of our time, and for us, that's nothing. The fact that that much money has gone back to this area and this hospital just makes all the difference," Geddes said.
Warmbold says the radiothon helps Hurley provide care and financial assistance for families not just from the Flint area, but all over Mid-Michigan.
"We will get children from Alpena, Midland, Bay City. They can get care there, but for specialty care, they come to Hurley. We reach out, especially our pediatric oncology cancer program," he said.
Owen and Daulton Myers know first hand just how far those dollars can go.
"The doctors helped us and helped through the whole way, and they're like a big family to us," Owen said.
The 10-year-old twins have a message that over the years, they've become very good at spreading.
"Please call and help the kids. Please call and help the kids," Daulton said.
If you'd like to donate, 1-866-775-KIDS (5437) or click HERE.
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