CMN is A Huge Success - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/6/04

CMN is A Huge Success

The 21st Annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon, wrapped up on Sunday, and once again, it proved to be a huge success.

This year's goal was higher than ever, and thanks to the generous people across the South Plains and eastern New Mexico, the goal was not only met, but it was surpassed once again.

Children's Miracle Network Telethon
Take a look at this years miracle stories all made possible by the children's hospital at University Medical Center.

$650,000 was a lofty goal for the 21st Annual CMN Telethon, but not impossible. For two and a half days, Karin and Abner led the fight to raise money for the Children's Hospital at UMC.

"We can never thank the community enough. From spare change you dropped in a bucket, to a paper balloon you bought at Wal-Mart, to the thousands that called in pledges. Thank you," says Karin McCay.

This year you, the people of the South Plains, raised $677,456.

"We're just thrilled. Like Karin and Abner have been saying all weekend, we rank so high in the giving, and it just shows how generous the people of this area really are. What we do here touches hearts and saves lives and it just shows in the generosity of the people in this area," says Anne Griffith, CMN co-chair.

Anne and Peter Griffith have co-chaired the telethon two years in a row. After having a son who's life was once in the hands of these very doctors, they say it's a privilege to give back.

"Have once again surpassed the goal in a tremendous way, and it's so exciting to be a part of that. Their generosity seems to get more every year," says Peter Griffith.

The KLLL Radiothon funds added a huge check to this year's total.

"We raised over $232,000 this year," says Rick Gilbert, KLLL.

"And in six years, it's $1.2 million," says Stacey James.

The CMN Telethon isn't just a weekend success. People work year round to prepare for this event.

Hundreds stay behind the scenes, running the show, the cameras, the scripts, lining up the interviews, and the incentives. Then, there are the hundreds of volunteers who man the phones, entertain the kids and call out for pledges.

So, it's ultimately a community-wide effort. Because in the end, it's everybody working together, whether giving their time or dollars, that makes this a success.

"The South Plains community is recognized nationwide as a giving community. Nobody can believe how much the people in this area give to this telethon every year," says Karin McCay.

"I want to say thank you, and if I could I'd give each one of them a hug," says Abner Euresti.

In the last 21 years, you've helped raise more than $7,400,000 in the CMN Telethon to better our hospital on the South Pains.

Thanks again from all of us here at NewsChannel 11.

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