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Kapiolani Medical Center Hosts Radiothon to Help Families in Need

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – After two years of virtual fundraising, the Kapiolani Radiothon to benefit the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children is back in person at the hospital.

KSSK radio personalities raise funds for families receiving care – many of them call the hospital a second home.

“My kids are about to turn 7, but I hope one day all my kids and I can answer the phone calls to help and do whatever we really can to help the medical center because they looked after us so well while we were here,” said Marcie Dela Cruz, who gave birth to quintuplets in Kapiolani in 2015.

Dela Cruz has participated in the radiothon with her six children – quintuplets Kapena, Kupono, Kaolu, Keahi and Kamalii, and Makaio since 2016.

This year, the family helped answer the phone.

“We were able to raise enough money to donate car seats to patients and those in need,” Dela Cruz said.

“We really want to impact the community, so this is just a good opportunity for me, in a very small way, to give back to the medical center and volunteer my time for an organization that I really believe in and that I appreciate. “

To kick off the effort this year, there was a surprise donation of $25,000 from HMSA to go towards creating a Teen Resilience Program in Kapiolani – an effort to prevent teen suicide in the state.

“The $25,000 we received this morning from HMSA for the Teen Resilience Program means everything to the kids of Hawaii,” said Kapiolani COO Gidget Ruscetta.

“Kapiolani is so lucky to have the community we have here in Hawaii. We have a great opportunity to receive gifts, big and small.

If you would like to donate, you can call 951-KIDS or text Keiki at 51555.

For more information, visit Give2Kapiolani.org/Radiothon.

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