Once again, WVU Medicine Children’s is holding a Mediathon in conjunction with the WVU Day of Giving. As part of this extraordinary day, you have the opportunity to hear inspiring stories, participate in challenges, and help us raise critical funds to help improve the health of West Virginia children and women.
Why we need your support
Your support can fill our hospital with everything that makes exceptional care possible: top talent, cutting-edge equipment and technology, innovative research and education, and expanded telemedicine capabilities. You can help us go above and beyond for West Virginia’s families.
How you can help
Contributing to one of our priority funds is one way to support WVU Medicine Children’s.
I. WVU Children’s Building Fund (2V130)
Help us complete our new, nine-story, 150-bed children’s hospital. Your donation will help us continue providing exceptional care in an environment designed specifically for children, offering hope and compassion every step of the way.
II. WVU Children’s Greatest Needs (2V127)
This fund provides support where the need is the greatest at WVU Medicine Children’s.
III. Child Safety and Injury Prevention Fund (2W1030)
This program educates families about childproofing, preventable injury and car seat safety, including car seat inspections and installations. It also provides car seats and other child safety items for families facing financial or other emergency needs.
IV. Child Life Fund (2V497)
Child Life is the heart of our hospital, as these specialists touch every family in our care. Fear of the unknown is often a major challenge for patients and families. Child Life specialists provide age-appropriate information to help children and their families cope and prepare emotionally for invasive procedures and surgery.
Participating Mediathon TV Stations
- WBOY – Clarksburg
- WDVM – Hagerstown, MD
- WOWK – Charleston/Huntington, WV
- WTRF – Wheeling, WV – Steubenville, OH
- WVNS – Bluefield/Beckley, WV
Join the following WVU Children’s Mediathon sponsors today in supporting the kids of our state and region.
At WVU Medicine Children’s, we believe that children and expectant mothers should never have to travel far from home to receive the best care. We are committed to building healthier futures for our children and elevating care for all West Virginians, regardless of their ability to pay.
- Title Sponsor – Toothman Ford
- Phone Bank Sponsor – Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration
- Miracle Moment Sponsor – Mountaineer Home Medical
- Miracle Moment Sponsor – Toothman & Sowers Ford
Together — on one day — we all can go above and beyond for the kids treated at WVU Medicine Children’s.
Keep checking back as we move closer to March 9 to view our challenges.
Going Above and Beyond for Baylee
WVU Medicine Children’s became a home away from home for one family when their 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2020.
“The staff is truly amazing; they are now our family,” said Baylee’s mom, Jodee. “Baylee has three favorite nurses who were with us every step of the way since that first night.”
The first round of treatment was rough for Baylee. She started losing her hair, and the steroids caused diabetes. Baylee took it all in stride, working toward her goal of getting home to her siblings.
After her first three weeks of treatment in the hospital, Baylee was discharged home. She continued her treatment mostly as an outpatient for the next eight months. But traveling to Morgantown for treatment every week was hard on the whole family.
Jodee credits the incredible staff at WVU Medicine Children’s for going above and beyond to keep Baylee’s spirits up throughout the ordeal. In early 2021, Baylee moved into the maintenance phase of her treatment, where she currently remains. She sees her oncology team once a month for bloodwork and medication adjustments.
Today Baylee is our 2022 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital Champion Child, representing children who receive care at WVU Medicine Children’s. CMN raises money and awareness for 170 member hospitals across the United States and Canada, including WVU Medicine Children’s.
“Baylee’s cancer has made everyone stronger,” said her dad, Nick. “Baylee can now face any challenge in her future and overcome it. She got through this – she can get through anything.”