June 6, 2008

CMN’s Radiothon, Telethon raise $1.6 million for Children’s Hospital

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The Cancer Information Program includes, from right, Wendy VerMeulen, B.S.N., R.N., Gloria Cherry, R.N., Teresa Knoop, M.S.N., R.N., Pam Carney, B.S.N., R.N., and Kathelene Young (standing). (photo by Neil Brake)

CMN’s Radiothon, Telethon raise $1.6 million for Children’s Hospital

The 26th annual Children's Miracle Network's Radiothon and Telethon benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt boasted another successful year.

The event occurred May 31 through June 1 and raised $1.65 million, which includes $270,179 from the Radiothon held at Vanderbilt March 9-11. The telethon was broadcast on NewsChannel 5 with on-air personalities as hosts, and featured inspiring stories and interviews with patients, families, faculty and staff.

“The annual Children's Miracle Network celebration broadcast was an incredible success. It is a true team effort that contributes to our success, ranging from the NewsChannel 5 staff, volunteers, Children's Hospital staff, and sponsors to patients and families,' said Lisa Dill, director of Children's Miracle Network for Children's Hospital. “The commitment and dedication from NewsChannel 5 continues to amaze us. They have served as our broadcast partner for 25 years, and their passion for the wellbeing of our patients and families continues to be at the highest level.”

The funds raised go toward The Children's Fund, a major source of funding for hundreds of specialty programs run through Children's Hospital, and will support equipment, research and education.

Children's Hospital is one of the 22 founding hospitals of the CMN, which was formed in 1982 and is the only national fund-raising effort that pledges 100 percent of all locally raised money goes to local member hospitals.