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Radiothon a Huge Success

Nemours Partners with Delmarva Broadcasting for Radiothon

Friday, Sep 9, 2011

Nemours' first radiothon was a huge success

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children patient CourDe Walston speaks with WSTW's Mike Rossi during the "Help Our Kids" Radiothon.

Wilmington, DE — On September 7 and 8, 2011, the “Help Our Kids” radiothon was held in the Main Lobby at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. For 24 hours (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day), the lobby was buzzing with the sounds of five different Delmarva Broadcasting Company radio stations as they shared with their listeners stories of hope, courage, and compassion that happen in our hospital every day. As the clock hit 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, the total amount raised was announced: $102,124.83.

Donations came steadily throughout the two-day radiothon via a phone bank and online giving as well as in person, as people walking in to the lobby were inspired by what they were witnessing. The highest single donation came from 11 local New Castle County Domino’s Pizza shops, who presented a check for $30,196.

“To raise more than $100,000 is just amazing, and 100% of money will go to help the kids in our care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children," says Marie Hiddemen, Special Events and Corporate Relations Manager, Nemours Fund for Children's Health. “We could not have done this without the support of Delmarva Broadcasting Company, the many sponsors, the hundreds of volunteers, and all in the community who tuned in and supported us these past two days.”

“In my nearly eight years with Nemours, this is truly one of my proudest moments,” says Paul Kempinski, Chief Operating Officer, duPont Hospital for Children. “This outpouring of support from our community is overwhelming. I thank each and every person who donated, the families who shared their stories, and my fellow Nemours Associates who helped make this radiothon such as success. I would also like to extend my appreciation to Delmarva Broadcasting Company for donating their airwaves. We hope this is just the beginning of a long, thriving partnership.”

Donations can still be made online at There, you can also see the listing of the sponsors and the “Help Our Kids” promotional video. Radio stations that participated were: WDEL 1150 AM, WSTW 93.7 FM, Eagle 97.7 FM, WXCY 103.7 FM, Cool 101.3 FM, and La Exitosa 930 AM.

See images, videos, and posts about the event on Facebook.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.