February 18, 2011
Bridget Diveley, 3
Jake Meyrowitz, 8
At the kick off of Hopkins Children’s largest annual fundraiser, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., Director George Dover, M.D., and MIX 106.5’s Morning Show team will be joined by members of a diplomatic core. Radiothon Ambassadors Bridget Diveley, 3, and Jake Meyrowitz, 8, will be among those assembled in the hospital’s lobby to officially launch the three-day Radiothon. Now in its 22nd year, the MIX 106.5 Radiothon has raised more than $13.1 million for patient care and research.
During Radiothon, broadcast from Hopkins Children’s Hope Forest Lobby, Bridget and Jake and their families will talk about their journeys to Hopkins, and what happened after they arrived. Selected as ambassadors for their courage in overcoming adversity, these youngsters represent past, present and future patients here. Hear Radiothon 2011, beginning at 6 a.m., Feb. 23.
Bridget’s crisis began one fall morning at home when her mother noticed that her pigtailed 2-year-old’s breathing was “a little funny.” A visit to the pediatrician to rule out anything serious ended with an ambulance transport to Hopkins Children’s and the news that a random viral infection had likely affected her heart and she could need a transplant.
Months later, her family recalls the remarkable kindness of the staff. How else to explain, they ask, doctors singing and dancing for Bridget, in an effort to distract her from a newly placed nasal feeding tube, or a cardiologist putting down his notes to join her for a “picnic,” or a nurse’s frantic hunt throughout the hospital for the toddler’s favorite cereal, Cheerios, until buying it herself from the cafeteria. “We expected the physicians at Hopkins to be the best in their fields, but we had no idea that they would be so personable, approachable, and playful,” they write.
For Jake, his journey to Hopkins Children’s meant a chance to live in a safer world. Born with allergies to milk, eggs and tree nuts, Jake was enrolled in a groundbreaking clinical trial to build better tolerance, led by Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Hopkins Children’s Robert Wood, a world leader in food allergy research. “When I got the phone call that we were accepted in Dr. Wood’s study, it was like I’d won the lottery,” says his mother.
Bridget and Jake are among a number of patients and families who have agreed to tell their stories to help others understand what Hopkins Children’s has meant to them and how much they mean to us. Listen for their stories of tragedy and triumph, as well as those of doctors, nurses and staff who will offer an inside peek into the 24/7 delivery of cutting-edge pediatric medicine here.