Kentucky Children's Hospital to Benefit from Children's Miracle Network
Media Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver, 859-361-1887
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 15, 2007) - Children who have survived life-threatening illnesses, injuries and birth defects will be recognized as "champions" during the "Children's Miracle Network Celebration," which will be broadcast Saturday, June 16, from Applebee's Park in Lexington on WKYT-TV, channel 27 (Lexington), and WYMT-TV, channel 57 (Hazard). Co-hosts are Barbara Bailey, Bill Bryant and Chris Bailey, WKYT-TV, and Jimmy Caldwell, WYMT-TV.
The broadcast will feature stories of children who have benefited from the support of private citizens who have contributed to the Children's Miracle Network in the past. Among those stories of Kentucky children are two sisters: Kaylee and Kenedy Maze of Hillsboro, Ky. The sisters are close and share many things, but they also share a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. Their diagnosis has brought them to UK HealthCare's Kentucky Children's Hospital many times.
"These patients will inspire you," said Dr. Tim Bricker, physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children's Hospital. "Their stories tell of the great work happening every day at Kentucky Children's Hospital. We hope you will join us during the telethon in supporting Kentucky Children's Hospital and the many children we serve."
The Kentucky Children's Hospital is the local beneficiary for the 20th year of the annual Children's Miracle Network campaign to raise money for 170 children's hospitals across North America.
All proceeds raised in Kentucky stay in Kentucky to benefit Kentucky Children's Hospital, the only participating hospital in the state.
Over the last 19 years, through CMN, Kentuckians gave more than $12.5 million to Kentucky Children's Hospital. During the broadcast, the program will feature and celebrate the triumphs of Kentucky Children's Hospital's young patients and the health issues they are facing.
The annual program will not only recognize the children as champions, but also the many people who champion children, such as families, health professionals, individuals, volunteers and donors.
The broadcast celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16 and will continue through 9 p.m., with a two-hour break between 6-8 p.m.
For more information about the Children's Miracle Network Celebration or how to donate to the Kentucky Children's Hospital, call toll free at 877-833-5437.