30th annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon to air this coming weekend

The 30th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefitting Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital will air from 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, through 6 p.m. Sunday, June 1. The telethon will broadcast live on WGAL-TV8 from the WITF Public Media Center in Harrisburg.

Children’s Miracle Network funds critical patient care, ground-breaking research and life-saving equipment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. During this year’s broadcast, viewers will be encouraged to call 1-877-543-7365 or visit PennStateHersheyCMN.org to make a donation to support the hospital’s Pediatric Trauma Program.

Penn State Hershey is the only top-level pediatric trauma center in south central Pennsylvania, with pediatric specialists available 24 hours a day to provide immediate treatment to injured children. Each year, the trauma center cares for thousands of children in the Emergency Department and more than 700 of these children require hospital admission. Penn State Hershey’s pediatric trauma patients also may require critical air transport on a Life Lion helicopter, surgery or admission to the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Telethon goal is to raise $250,000 for Penn State Hershey’s Pediatric Trauma Program. The money will support the hospital’s injury prevention program and fund the purchase of a new isolette for the safe air transport of infants on Life Lion. 

Throughout the broadcast, WGAL-TV8 hosts will interview patients who have been treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, their families and hospital staff. Numerous local businesses and community groups will also present checks for money raised for Children’s Miracle Network over the past year. At the conclusion of the telethon, Children’s Miracle Network will announce the total money raised for the 2013-2014 fundraising year. During the telethon, join the conversation online at www.facebook.com/childrensmiraclenetworkhershey and on Twitter using the hashtag #CMNhershey.

We invite the media to localize their coverage of this event by featuring a local Miracle Child. Miracle Children are current and former patients of Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Children who will be featured during this year’s broadcast include:

  • Everest Kennedy, age 5, of Elizabethtown, who was born 10 weeks premature at Penn State Hershey. He suffered from hydrocephalus.
  • Hailey Kehoe, age 13, of Red Lion, who suffered from a brain hemorrhage and was treated by the trauma team at Penn State Hershey.
  • Joseph Romero, age 6, of Jonestown, who was born 13 weeks premature and developed an infection that perforated his intestines. He needed emergency surgery to save his life.
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Last Updated June 05, 2014