WVU Children’s Hospital Presents ‘Hometown Celebration’

Hosted by WDTV News Channel 5

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – One day in March, 2004, Melanie Griffith of Harrison County was giving her then three-year old daughter Mackenzie a bath and noticed a bump on her shoulder. She thought it was a bug bite or infection, but biopsies confirmed it to be an unusual kind of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Mackenzie received aggressive chemotherapy treatments at the caring hands of physicians and nurses at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. She is now cancer free and was named the 2006 Children’s Miracle Network Champion Child for West Virginia.

Mackenzie is just one example of a child from north central West Virginia whose life was saved by the staff at WVU Children’s Hospital. And her story will be one of several highlighted during the WVU Children’s Hospital Hometown Celebration, Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 7-8 p.m., at Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport, and airing live on WDTV Channel 5.

During the celebration, donations to WVU Children’s Hospital will be accepted at the mall while viewers can call in and make pledges.

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.

WDTV News Director Scott Snider and Anchor Alyssa Massetti will host the live celebration at the mall, outside of Sears, and the station donated the staff and airtime to Children’s Hospital.

Also featured during the celebration will be Noah Stine of Morgantown. Noah  weighed 14 ounces, slightly larger than a can of soda, when he was born in 2003. He spent seven months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) under the watchful eye of doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital. At the time of his birth, he was the smallest baby ever to survive, and now leads the life of a normal three-year old.

WVU Children's Hospital provides specialty maternal, infant and pediatric care for the state of West Virginia and the surrounding region. Physicians and staff provide care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions from adolescence to adulthood.

WVU Children’s Hospital provides care in several pediatric specialty areas, including nationally recognized programs for the medical and surgical management of congenital heart disease and cancer treatment care.

For more information on Children’s Hospital, visit www.wvukids.com.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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