The 21st annual Miracle Ball raised $136,000 for Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Four hundred people attended the event on Saturday, Nov. 6, at The Harrisburg Hilton. This year’s Ball featured the theme, “A fighter today. With your help, a miracle tomorrow.” The “fighters” are the more than 95,000 children who are treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital each year. Proceeds from the Ball support lifesaving equipment, pediatric services and groundbreaking research at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Children’s Miracle Network thanks the numerous sponsors who supported the Miracle Ball. This year’s $10,000 “Miracle Maker” sponsors were Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Highmark Blue Shield, Johnson Controls, Inc., Pepsi Bottling Company, The Hershey Company and Tyco Electronics.
The Sidler family of Lebanon, Pa., was the event’s featured speaker; 14-year-old Eli Sidler has battled cancer three times.
“In addition to purchasing much-needed, expensive equipment, Children’s Miracle Network brings in the resources to help make the long, boring, and often painful days spent in the hospital better for us kids," Sidler said. "They provide money to hire Child Life specialists, the people who do their best to make our hospital stay and medical procedures less scary.”
During the evening’s program, Paula Cameron, the pediatric care coordinator for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, was presented with the inaugural Children’s Miracle Network Innovator Award for her outstanding and exemplary efforts to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network.