Radio host Delilah joins Together for Kids in raising money and awareness for N.C. Children’s Hospital

As a spokesperson for Together for Kids, a national alliance of children’s hospitals including North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Chapel Hill, the syndicated radio host will help raise money and awareness for this and other Together for Kids hospitals nationwide.

Media contact: Danielle M. Bates, 919-843-9714, dbates@med.unc.edu

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. – She’s healed the hearts of millions of Americans with her nightly radio song request and dedication program, but the most-listened-to woman on the radio, Delilah, has turned her attention to healing America’s kids. As a spokesperson for Together for Kids, a national alliance of children’s hospitals including North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Chapel Hill, the syndicated radio host will help raise money and awareness for this and other Together for Kids hospitals nationwide. A ceremony to launch the partnership was held Jan. 25 at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, one of three Together for Kids member hospitals serving the Tampa Bay Area.

“As the mother of 11 children, I know that when your child is sick, nothing else matters,” said Delilah. “That’s why I am so passionate about the work being done by Together for Kids to connect its member hospitals with the funding they need to care for sick and injured children, regardless of their ability to pay. Every child deserves every chance to live a healthy life.” According to the American radio personality, author and songwriter, Together for Kids stood out from other children’s charities because one hundred percent of all funds raised directly support the health care needs of children served by its member hospitals.

Throughout the year, Delilah will take her audience of more than eight million listeners, including those tuning in to Star 102.5 WIOZ-FM inside the walls of N.C. Children’s Hospital, to get to know some courageous patients facing some serious health challenges. She’ll also introduce listeners to the people who work tirelessly to treat children affected by serious illness or injury. 

“This partnership presents an opportunity to strengthen the work of N.C. Children’s Hospital with the advanced technology, treatment, education and medical research we need to tackle today’s toughest pediatric issues,” said Crystal Miller, Director of the N.C. Children’s Promise, who also chairs the Together for Kids board of directors. “We are delighted to have Delilah join our alliance of children’s hospitals in creating a single voice advocating for children’s health.”

Founded in 2007, Together for Kids’ primary focus is on raising unrestricted funds for its member hospitals. The organization’s 43 member hospitals, including all Shriners Hospitals for Children, also benefit from being part of a collaborative network of peers sharing best practices to improve care for all of America’s sick and injured children.

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ABOUT DELILAH
Delilah is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks on more than 200 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. Her soothing voice, open heart and love of music attracts an audience of more than eight million listeners weekly, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S. The show combines Delilah’s distinctive blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening and encouragement—all scored with adult contemporary soft rock.

Often referred to as the “Oprah of Radio,” Delilah is also the author of “Love Matters.” Published by Harlequin Books, the book features Delilah’s perspective on love, as well as stories from her listeners.  In addition, Delilah established a foundation called Point Hope as a voice for forgotten children everywhere. The immediate focus of the Foundation is on refugee children in Ghana and on special needs children in the foster care system nationwide and in her neighborhood of White Center in Seattle. Visit www.Delilah.com.  

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
North Carolina Children's Hospital protects the health and well-being of North Carolina's 2.1 million children by aligning premier health care practitioners, world-class medical education, and innovative, interdisciplinary research to provide the highest-quality, family-centered care, regardless of their families' abilities to pay. As a major referral center for children with complex or chronic conditions, N.C. Children's Hospital works hand-in-hand with community hospitals and pediatricians across the state, providing specialty care to more than 70,000 children from all 100 counties each year.

N.C. Children's Hospital offers complete pediatric inpatient and outpatient care in its 140-bed state-of-the-art facility at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and at more than 25 satellite outpatient clinics throughout North Carolina. The Children's Hospital's world-class physicians, nurses and other clinical staff represent all pediatric subspecialties and are capable of treating children with virtually any disease or disorder. Visit www.ncchildrenshospital.org.

ABOUT TOGETHER FOR KIDS
Together for Kids is a national alliance of children’s hospitals dedicated to building a healthier future for America’s kids. The organization provides an urgently needed national fundraising mechanism for its member hospitals, helping them care for seriously ill children and tackle the toughest health issues facing all kids. Visit www.togetherforkids.org. 


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