36th Children's Miracle Network Telethon to air on WGAL8

August 26, 2020

The 36th annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefitting Penn State Children’s Hospital will air Monday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 3 on WGAL8. The event was rescheduled from June due to COVID-19.

Now a multi-day event, telethon segments highlighting stories of children who have received life-saving care at the Children’s Hospital will air throughout the week on WGAL’s regular programming followed by a finale special at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Gifts will support equipment, programs and research.

Guests in this year’s event will participate virtually. The telethon theme is #KidsCantWait. Local sick and injured children can’t wait for COVID-19 to be over. They continue to need Penn State Children’s Hospital now and Children’s Miracle Network continues to provide life-saving resources. A few of the children who will be featured include:

  • 9-year-old Owen Zeager of Palmyra, who was born premature and survived a life-threatening infection. Owen designed this year’s telethon T-shirt, which will be given to donors who pledge $35 monthly. View a video about Owen.
  • 2-year-old Stella Cannon of Reading, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Stella’s mother, Sophie Cannon, filmed a video diary about Stella’s recent hospitalizations.
  • 4-year-old Mya Beckner of Hanover, who recently underwent a procedure to remove her trach and continues to battle challenges related to her premature birth. View an article about Mya.

Telethon viewers will be encouraged to make a donation online this year at WGAL.com or CMNHershey.org. Due to COVID-19, there will be no phone bank this year, however donors who would like to give by phone may contact the CMN office at 717-531-6606 or mail their donation to CMN, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033.

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Last Updated August 26, 2020