January 25, 2011

Delilah and Gail Pitchford, CAMC Foundation

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 CAMC Women and Children's Hospital, 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 this morning.

"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 inside the walls of Together for Kids hospitals to get to know some really courageous patients facing some very 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 CAMC Women and Children's Hospital with the advanced technology, treatment, education and medical research we need to tackle today's toughest pediatric issues," said Gail Pitchford, president, CAMC Foundation and board member for Together for Kids. "We are delighted to have Delilah join our alliance of children's hospitals in creating a single voice advocating for children's health."

About Together for Kids

Founded in 2007, Together for Kids 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. The organization's 43 member hospitals 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. Visit http://www.togetherforkids.org/. 

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. Visit www.Delilah.com.

About CAMC Women and Children's Hospital

Each year more than 3,000 babies are born at CAMC Women and Children's Hospital, many of which are high-risk births. West Virginia's only freestanding children's hospital is home to the region's largest and busiest Level III (highest level) neonatal intensive care unit and level I (highest level) pediatric intensive care unit. The pediatric physicians, many of whom are faculty of West Virginia University-Charleston Division, provide consultation and care in more than 30 specialties including adolescent medicine, allergy and immunology, cardiology, critical care medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, neonatal-perinatal medicine, nephrology, neurology, pulmonary medicine and surgery. High-tech, maternal-fetal medicine and gynecologic cancer services are also offered. 

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