20 years of miracles and counting. The Children's Miracle Network Telethon wrapped up a few Sunday, after another successful 21 hour run. This year the goal was set at the highest so far, a number clearly surpassed by the generous people on the South Plains.
The goal for this year, $585,000, but the citizens of the South Plains didn't stop there, bringing in $644,718.
"West Texas is the greatest place to live this is the most wonderful community, thank you for making miracles happen again", Co-host Karin McCay said.
It's all about the kids. They are the miracles, and with the generous donations more miracle stories will be told year after year.
What is this telethon for? "The kids!" And what are you trying to do at the telethon? "Raise money so the money can get all the cancer away", Miracle Child Houston Mings said.
It takes dozens of CMN volunteers, UMC staff, News channel 11 crew, and lots of kids to make the telethon a success... but it also helps to have a staple team who believe in what their there for.
"We had no idea when we started doing this that we would be here 20 years later, the reason we are still here is the children and to look back on 20 years of miracles and to see these kids, some are grown up now, made it feel like we were part of something special", Co-host Abner Euresti said.
"Looking around and seeing all those faces, and remembering all those stories just took my breathe away, why'd you do this to me, I just want to wear my hat and go home", McCay said.
"But I think you can understand why we get emotional because this is a cause, its something that's very dear to our hearts and we really believe in it or we wouldn't be doing it for 20 years", Euresti said.
"Thank you for sending in that much money for the kids", Miracle Child Kelsey Kolb said.
In the last twenty years the telethon has raised $6,876,557, an awesome number South Plains residents should be proud of, Thank you and Congratulations!