Akron Children Hospital Have a Heart Do Your Part Radio TelethonAkron Children’s Hospital begins its largest fundraiser of the year on Thursday, February 13 at 5:30 a.m. with its fifteenth Have A Heart Radiothon to be held at the hospital throughout the weekend.

The benefit, now in its 15th year, runs until 7 p.m. Thursday and from 5:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, February 14.  It will conclude Saturday, February 15th from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Radio personalities Keith Kennedy, Tony McGrady and Meg White from 98.1 WKDD will broadcast live in the hospital’s atrium at 1 Perkins Square throughout the event which raised nearly $664,000 in 2013.  To date a total of $8.3 million has been raised since the event began.

Children’s crafts, a photo booth and temporary tattoos will be among the activities offered at the three-day benefit.  T-shirts and water bottles with the slogan, “Have A Heart, Do Your Part” will be sold at the hospital and will be available online.

The public is welcome at the Have A Heart Radiothon.  Donations to the hospital can be made in person, online and over the phone.  Hospital officials indicate this year’s funds will go to those in the greatest need including those who cannot afford care.

This is the last year the hospital will offer its “Change Bandits” campaign in which participants “hold up” another person in an effort to obtain their spare change and donate it to the fundraising effort.  Akron’s “Change Bandit” program, which has been done at other hospitals, has been the most successful in the entire country raising $2.2 million in 15 years.

Those seeking more information about the Radiothon, or those would like to set up their own fundraising webpage, can visit the Akron Children Hospital’s website at www.akronchildrens.org/cms/radiothon.

People can also call 330-543-8350 or 866-543-0981 during the Radiothon when volunteers will man the phones.