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Shawn and Sue’s Heart Full Of Hope Radiothon Raised $35,036 For Children’s Specialized Hospital
January 05, 2012 - Children’s Specialized Hospital

92.7 WOBM-FM hosted its second annual two-day event, Shawn and Sue’s Heart Full of Hope Radiothon, on December 8 and 9, raising $35,036 for Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation to fund the Hospital Assistance Program, allowing any child to receive the hospital’s care, regardless of their ability to pay. Children’s Specialized Hospital treats children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses.
 
Shawn Michaels and Sue Moll of the Ocean County Breakfast Show broadcasted live from Ocean County Mall from 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. on December 8 and 5 a.m. – 6 p.m. on December 9. Hospital patients and families shared their stories during the 28-hour event supporting the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s beneficiary. Listeners donated by calling the hotline, on the hospital’s website or by participating in the silent auction at the mall. The hospital received a generous donation of $2,000 from Ocean First Bank.
 
“Children's Specialized is an amazing place where miracles happen every single day,” said Moll. “I'm so proud to be a part of this fantastic radiothon for a fantastic place for kids and families.”
 
Last year, Shawn and Sue’s Heart Full of Hope Radiothon raised just over $30,000, which helped Children's Specialized Hospital to open a new outpatient center in Toms River at Lakehurst Road. This year the radiothon funds will go toward the Hospital Assistance Program (HAP). More than 100 families sought help from HAP in 2010, due to lack of insurance or insurance not covering the full cost of their child’s care. Thirty-eight percent of the families who used HAP in 2011 received care at one of the hospital’s two Toms River sites. This percentage is the highest of all Children’s Specialized Hospital’s nine sites throughout the state.
 
“This is a terrific event and we were happy to again partner with 92.7 WOBM,” said Philip Salerno III, president and chief development officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. “We have a deep connection to this community and serve more than 4,000 children every year, right here in Ocean and Monmouth counties. We want to personally thank all of our generous donors. Your support allows Children’s Specialized to continue to serve any child who needs us.”
 
Children's Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation for children with special needs in the country. They offer services for children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. The hospital treats over 18,000 every year through their inpatient, outpatient and long-term care programs. Children's Specialized Hospital has been a proud member hospital of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), with all of the funds raised locally for CMNH going directly to Children's Specialized Hospital since 1987.
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