Akron Children's annual "Have a Heart, Do Your Part" Radiothon, presented by 98.1 WKDD, raises money to buy child-size equipment and to fund patient care, community outreach and research. Read the inspiring stories from this annual event, and share yours.

Radiothon raises nearly $500,000 in 16th year

Since 2000, the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part Radiothon,” presented by 98.1 WKDD, has provided patients and families the opportunity to share their personal stories on the air, prompting hundreds of listeners to call in with pledges to Akron Children’s Hospital. This year, our community had a heart and raised nearly $500,000 for Akron Children’s during the three day event.

Wishing well for the kids at Akron Children’s

The winter display at my house started by mistake in 2008. I had built a 16-foot snowman in my yard just to stay active in the wintertime. After building that snowman, I was on my way to work when I heard an ad on WKDD for the Radiothon. Afterwards, I put a bucket in my front yard and asked folks who enjoyed the snowman to pitch in some spare change for Akron Children’s Hospital.

After spending 200 days in NICU, 24-week preemies are healthy toddlers

Alexis Host started off with a normal pregnancy. Then she found out she was having twins. Even though she visited her doctor every 2 weeks and strictly followed their orders, she slowly started going into labor at 22 weeks. After 2 weeks of bed rest, Alexis had an emergency C-section and delivered twins Charlee and […]

Change Bandit spotlight: 4 year old doing his part

James is an active preschooler. He loves to run and enjoys being outdoors. He also puts his extra energy to good use by raising funds for Akron Children’s Hospital.

Things come full circle for mom after Akron Children’s saves her son’s life

In 2003, Julie Keyser volunteered for Akron Children’s “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon. Little did she know that 10 years later, the hospital would save her son Zach’s life. Hear their story during the “Have a Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon on WKDD Feb. 12-14.

A little more than a year after cancer diagnosis, Luke is once again active and healthy

Luke Ritchey was never what his mom, Sharon, would call a sick kid. Growing up, he never had so much as an ear infection. But things took an unexpected turn when Luke started to have a headache on Christmas Eve 2013