After a two-day event, KCBD NewsChannel 11's 30th Annual Children's Miracle Network telethon wrapped up Sunday evening.
The night ended with a bang, bringing this year's total to a whopping $1,144,275. The money raised helps children across the South Plains who have been affected by medical issues.
KCBD NewsChannel 11's Karin McCay and Abner Euresti have hosted the event since it began 30 years ago. Despite three decades of fundraising, McCay and Euresti say they are always so surprised at how much money is raised year after year.
"We're shocked every year the kind of money that comes in. People just give and give and it goes to a good cause so were thrilled," McCay said.
There's been a huge outpouring of generosity over the past 30 years. The telethon has raised a staggering $16,250,912 over the years.
"It's very touching how much people care and how generous they are. Look at this wall here," said Euresti, pointing to a wall full of donor names. "This represents people. These are miracle makers that we have on three of these walls. And we had to start another one because so many people wanted to help. That's so rewarding. It feels so good to be a part of that."
David Allison, Chief Executive Officer at UMC, says the donations made will allow UMC to bring in some of the best doctors and cutting-edge equipment.
"Equipment we'll be buying for the neonatal unit and also the pediatric unit and also the pediatric ICU," Allison said.
"We had stories this year about kid's lives that were saved because of the treatment they received here and the dollars that were raised during the telethon," he said.
"There's already a wish list of needs here at the hospital, needs because technology is always changing," McCay said. "So now a committee will review that, determine where the best place is for the money to go. We know it's well spent; every dollar will stay here at the Children's Hospital at UMC."
McCay and Euresti want the people of the South Plains know they are forever grateful for their kindness.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you. We can't say it enough because we know where the money goes. We know it stays here and helps the kids in our area," McCay said.
"I would like to say thank you, especially because they know this is an ongoing thing. They know we're going to come back next year and ask them again because there's going to be new equipment that has to be bought, new kids who have to be treated, and so I say thank you constantly for the folks in this area," Euresti said.
Although the 30-year mark is a major milestone for McCay and Euresti, they say they are just as excited for next year's telethon.
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