Radio station helps sick kids

May 27, 2009 3:35:44 PM PDT
There's a place in the Texas Medical Center where candy and radio meet to produce smiles in kids dealing with sickness. The DJ is on the microphone, adjustments are being made on the sound board and the phones lines are about to light up. It's not drive time radio in Houston, this is the volunteer run Radio Lollipop. The callers are kids in rooms at Texas Children's Hospital.

Even when they are wearing hospital gowns kids like Grant, 2, still want to horse around.

"The hospital here does a lot of incredible things to make the time here as comfortable and as fun for the kids as possible and it's really appreciated," said David McTaggart whose son is a patient.

"They can forget for a little while they are sick, they can forget, that they have an IV pole and they can just be a kid," said Muma Fish who runs Radio Lollipop.

And if any kids want to try their chops out on Radio Lollipop, the studio door on the 16th floor is always open. Who knows, maybe a stint at Texas Children's could spark a career.

Radio Lollipop is really something unique. It was started back in 1979 in at Queen Mary's Hospital for Children in England. There are now only 18 in the world and Texas Children's has the only one in Texas.

Radio Lollipop

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