LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The 26th Annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon, hosted by NewsChannel 11's Karin McCay and Abner Euresti is this weekend, but hospital staff members are already busy setting up.
"I think it's great. Every year my husband and I donate a little money, and it seems to help," said April Allred.
Allred started donating to the Children's Miracle Network Telethon years ago, but when she started she never guessed she would find herself sleeping beside her own child in a hospital bed. "We just thought it was a good cause, and we did it because we felt like we needed to. Then it did turn out we needed some of it back, so it kind of goes full circle," she said.
Allred's 4-year-old son, Seth, was born premature and spent a month in the NICU, with beds and medical equipment provided by Children's Miracle Network. Now, he's back in the hospital with breathing problems.
But it's children like Seth who make all the work people put into the telethon more than worth it. "It takes about 200 volunteers to pull this off when you think about the phone bank and the registration area and the kid's area," said Kathy Reasoner with Children's Miracle Network.
Hospital staff spends the entire week before transforming a conference center into the telethon set. This is the telethon's 26th year. Over the past 25, it raised $11 million, providing hope to numerous families and children, and every penny donated goes to kids on the South Plains. "We buy a lot of equipment. It's used to send kids to burn camp. It's used to send kids to diabetes camp, as well," said Reasoner.
While the focus is on the kids, organizers think you'll enjoy it too. "Stay tuned. Watch, because there are a lot of neat stories this year. You'll meet a lot of neat people and get to know them and get to know the kids that get the services. You'll meet some of our doctors, and so tune in. You'll enjoy it," said Reasoner.
The telethon starts this Saturday at 2 p.m. You can donate by calling 747-KIDS (5437) or 747-5437.
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