June 23, 2011

Children’s Miracle Network telethon raises more than $1.5 million

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Volunteers man the phones at the recent Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Telethon. (photo by Dawn Blache)

Children’s Miracle Network telethon raises more than $1.5 million

The annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Telethon benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt saw another banner year.

The 28th annual telethon on Sunday, June 5, raised more than $1.5 million. Every spring, WTVF-News Channel 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.

"We are most grateful to the businesses, individuals and community partners which generously contributed to the telethon,” said Luke Gregory, chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital.

“Through hard work and dedication, everyone who partook in the telethon not only helped raise $1.5 million, but also participated in educating thousands of youth and parents on health and wellness resources throughout our communities."

The money raised goes toward The Childrens Fund, which supports the hospital’s research, specialized equipment, patient programs and other important efforts.

Children's Hospital is one of the 22 founding hospitals of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which was formed in 1982 and is the only national fundraising effort that pledges 100 percent of all locally raised money goes to local member hospitals.