Rainbow Radiothon

Friday, December 6, 2019
Trisha O'Brien Pavilion at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

For 17 years, the Greater Cleveland community has donated generously to help the kids at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's through our Rainbow Radiothon. Presented by Petitti Garden Centers and hosted by Jen and Tim from STAR 102 FM, the signature event brings to listeners remarkable stories of love, hope and compassion featuring Rainbow's young patients and the dedicated staff who care for them.

For more information, contact Martina Pace by phone 216-844-0428 or email or Samantha Davison by phone 216-844-0424 or email .

Featured Patients

Makenzie Makenzie Nance

Inspired by Compassionate Care

Makenzie was diagnosed with sickle cell as an infant and first came to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Now at 15 years old, Makenzie hopes to become a pediatric nurse or doctor herself one day and help children who have sickle cell. “I just want to help people and give back to everyone who has helped me.”

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Henry K Henry Knapton

Coping with a Rare, Chronic Disease

Born with a compromised immune system, Henry copes with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a rare, chronic autoimmune disease. But at just five-years-old, Henry has become a warrior. He’s no longer fearful of his illness. He remains tough through the countless blood draws, IVs, and hospital stays.

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CordeliaCordelia Willets

Indomitable Spirit

As a newborn, Cordelia battled Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that took over her liver and made breathing incredibly difficult. She spent weeks in the hospital for her cancer treatment and has had to face many side effects over the years. Throughout her journey, Cordelia’s indomitable spirit has been a beacon of hope to her family, friends, and everyone else who comes in to contact with her.

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Henry A Henry Amoroso

Providing Hope for All

Born at 23 weeks to parents suffering from addiction, Henry faced many challenges and uncertainties in his early days in UH Rainbow’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. At two months, he was abandoned, having only his UH Rainbow team to provide the care he so desperately needed. After advocating on Henry’s behalf, Henry was finally paired with Tara and Sebastian Amoroso who were able to take him home from the NICU as his legal guardians.

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GwenGwen Ciccozzi

Nothing Holds Her Back

At six-months-old, doctors at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital discovered Gwen had a stroke prior to her birth, causing severe damage to her brain. Today, Gwen is in school and continues to make improvements in all areas of her development. "I don't know where Gwen would be without the care she received from Rainbow Pediatric Rehab," said Gwen's mom, Rebecca.

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Richie Richie Montgomery

Moved for Collaborative Care

After spending time in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit outside of Northeast Ohio, Richie was diagnosed with a congenital fiber-type disproportion myopathy, the result of a gene mutation. While Richie was still very young, a job opportunity in the Cleveland area presented itself to Richie's parents. After weighing the options of the position and what it would mean for Richie's care, Richard and Nikki decided to make the move based on Rainbow's reputation. "We consciously chose UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s for its specialized full-care pediatric hospital and its family-centered approach.”

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