Children's Health, Community

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and IHeart Media annual Radiothon breaks all-time fundraising record

December 12, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., December 12, 2019 – Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and IHeart Media are happy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of collaboration in raising more than $400,000 during the 48-hour 2019 radiothon.  This is an all-time record for the radiothon’s fundraising efforts.

Proceeds stay local and benefit children right here in West Michigan and help support more than 20 different programs at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, including the center for child protection, Pediatric Oncology Resource Team (P.O.R.T.), the Secchia CarePartners program, injury prevention and many more.

“This is a great time of year for the community and corporate partners to come together and support the life-changing and lifesaving work at the children’s hospital,” said Tim Feagan, IHeart Media and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Vice Chair. “The moment the event concludes, we begin planning the next year. This is an event we are thrilled to be a part of and passionate about the care that we are grateful to have here in West Michigan.”

Radiothon was held December 5 and 6, 2019, and was broadcast on STAR 105.7, country music B-93.7, and on the lakeshore country radio station “The Moose” 107MUS – each heard throughout West Michigan. Each station creates its own distinct broadcast and content.

Funds are raised in a variety of ways including phone pledges made by listeners, corporate sponsorships, volunteer pledges and in-kind donations.

If you are interested in donating to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, you can find more information online, or call 616-391-2000.

About Spectrum Health Foundation

The Spectrum Health Foundation endeavors to improve health, inspire hope and save lives through philanthropy.  Since 1998, donors have contributed more than $500 million to bolster Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit health system comprised of 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  The foundation works with donors to distribute approximately $23 million annually in support of research, innovation, clinical care and other services to patients and families.


Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.