05/26/2005

Broadcast to Celebrate Everyday Miracles at WVU Children’s Hospital

Children’s Miracle Network Celebration is June 4 and 5

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Medical miracles from all over West Virginia will soon be TV stars.

West Virginia Champion Child Richard Tinney, a 14-year-old from Buckhannon who has cystic fibrosis; Holly Cole, 19, from Beckley who suffered a stroke three years ago; Trey Landis, 9 months, from Fort Ashby who has already had five operations, including removing his left lung; Sarah Shingleton, 14, from Mineral Wells who had a highly malignant brain tumor; McKenzie Griffith, 4, from Clarksburg, who has battled an unusual cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma; and Scott Johnston, 19, from Parkersburg who was born with an immature heart, will be featured in this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Celebration broadcast June 4 and 5.

Features about other children who battled disease and injury at Children’s Hospital and the bereavement program for parents who have lost their children will also be included.

CMN raises money for 170 children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. All contributions from the local region benefit WVU Children’s Hospital.

This year’s CMN Celebration will air statewide on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 3 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on WDTV-5, Clarksburg; WTOV-9, Steubenville/Wheeling; WOWK-13, Charleston; and WVNS-59, Beckley. The broadcast, hosted by Marie Osmond and John Schneider, will feature entertainment from Disney World, with live segments originating from WVU Children’s Hospital.

The segments originating from Children’s Hospital will be hosted by Keith Jones, an anchor at WOWK-13; Nicole Ducouer, an anchor at WDTV-5; Sherrie McCutcheon, a TV and radio personality from Wheeling; and Frank Blake from Charleston, who has hosted the WVU segments for 21 years. Entertainer Bobby Nicholas, from Morgantown, will be featured singing to the children.

During the CMN broadcast, viewers can call in and make pledges. Contributions will also be made, on air, by representatives from clubs, businesses and civic groups that held fundraisers during the year. Among those presenting contributions will be the Mountain Loggers, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and West Virginia Kiwanis Club.

Contributions support statewide programs, including newborn and pediatric critical care, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery and cancer treatment. They are also used to help purchase specialized medical equipment that is used in the treatment of infants, children and high-risk mothers-to-be who are cared for at WVU Children’s Hospital.

Last year, more than 7500 children were admitted and 1,800 babies were born at WVU Children’s Hospital, located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital. Patients come from all 55 West Virginia counties, as well as from surrounding states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. In addition, the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) helps an average of 600 premature babies get the special help they need to begin their lives.

“The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon helps Children’s Hospital care for children from all over West Virginia, and from surrounding states,” says Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children’s Hospital. “We are a regional referral center for children’s specialty services, such as neurosurgery, oncology and cardiac surgery.”

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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