June 18, 2015

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Telethon raises more than $2.2 million

Vanderbilt’s Meg Rush, M.D., center, with NewsChannel 5 anchors Rhori Johnston and Vicki Yates at this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Telethon.

The annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Telethon raised more than $2.2 million in pledges on June 7. All proceeds benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

Every spring, WTVF-NewsChannel 5 partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to highlight inspiring stories from patients and families at Children’s Hospital. The telethon also features on-air personalities and interviews with Children’s Hospital officials, faculty and staff. Viewers made donation pledges via text, online and by calling the phone bank.

The money raised goes toward the Children’s Fund, which supports the hospital’s research, specialized equipment, patient programs and other important efforts. Last year’s telethon also raised more than $2 million.

Children’s Hospital is one of the 20 founding hospitals of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which was formed in 1983 and is the only national fundraising effort that pledges 100 percent of all locally raised money goes to local member hospitals.