Wolfson Children's Challenge helps kids

Annual telethon at WJXT raised $90K for nonprofit children's hospital

By Jennifer Waugh - The Morning Show anchor, I-Team reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Friends, families and staff of the Wolfson Children’s Hospital volunteered their time to answer phones at an annual telethon Thursday at WJXT.

The hospital is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to provide care to children, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Funds from the Wolfson Children's Challenge telethon and an annual run help provide care for more than 80,000 patients each year and a network of 216 beds, including 14 level II neonatal intensive care unit beds at Wolfson Children's Hospital located at Baptist Medical Center South, 11 operating rooms and one special procedure room.

According to telethon coordinator Karen Wolfson, viewers of The Local Station donated $65,000 Thursday, with an additional $25,000 pledged to Wolfson, for a telethon total of $90,000.

Over the past eight years, the telethon and the Children's Challenge run held each January have raised over $3 million.

“[Donations] really give our children the biggest chance to just live and really live to their fullest capabilities. Giving our surgeons the upper hand to give our children the best care possible,” said Chad Roberson, medical imaging manager at Wolfson.

Wolfson also accepts donations on its Facebook page and on the Wolfson Children's Challenge website.

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