Children's Miracle Network radiothon starts today

It is a GE Omni Giraffe Bed. It features an incubator and radiant warmer in a mobile unit that allows doctors to work with patients in a neonatal intensive care unit without moving sick babies from bed to bed. Its unique large, rotating mattress gives doctors better access to their tiny patients. An integrated cassette tray allows X-rays to be taken right there.

This bed isn't cheap, though.

Just one costs about $40,000.

It isn't a coincidence that the amount is the goal for the Children's Miracle Network's annual radiothon that begins this morning and continues into Friday.

"Our goal is to get enough money to purchase one of those beds for The Medical Center," said Jennifer Joyner, manager of CMN at the hospital. The group would like to eventually provide several of the beds to its patients.

The radiothon will be broadcast on four radio stations, all under the umbrella of PMB Broadcasting. Those stations are Kissin' 99.3, Q107.3, The Ride 95.3 and The Truth 103.7. It will run from 6 a.m. to- 7 p.m. each day.

"We raised $35,000 last year and we're hoping to do even better this year with more stations involved,” Joyner said. “People who have received help because of Children's Miracle Network will be telling their stories, which are really touching. People will be able to see just what we do."

Children's Miracle Network, headquartered in Salt Lake City,, Utah, is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North America.

The 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of children overcome their diseases and injuries.

"We're one of six CMN hospitals in Georgia," said Joyner said. "Every penny we raise goes to help children at The Medical Center."

There are several fundraising activities done throughout the year by the group but Joyner said, "this is one of the biggest events we host."