LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Over the last 30 years, Karin McCay and Abner Euresti have taken a break from their on-air evening duties at the anchor desk, and for one weekend a year, have asked generous folks across the South Plains to give what they can to the Children's Miracle Network.
"And for that weekend a year, they're not Abner and Karin, the news people, they're Abner and Karin, the people who want to make their corner of the world a little better," Abner said.
Karin and Abner have done more than just tout CMN and the amazing advances in technology it provides.
Every story, every miracle, every child - Karin and Abner have made it personal.
"We've gone to birthday parties as these miracle kids have grown up. We've gone to graduations, weddings... Sadly, there have been funerals that we have gone to, too. But we've really become a part of these families. It's just a wonderful feeling to be a part of something that has grown like this in 30 years, and it's still growing," Karin said.
Karin and Abner have seen miracles happen in the lives of hundreds of children impacted by CMN.
They remember the names, the faces, and the stories. But there is one in particular they say they'll never forget.
"Kristen was a little girl who had cancer when we met her. Had no hair. She was just concerned about other children who were going through what she was going through, so she wrote a book," Abner said
It's miracles like Kristen that the CMN works for.
For 30 years Karin and Abner have helped raise more than $14 million - money that is used to purchase state-of-the-art pediatric medical equipment, fund research programs and enhance the lives of hundreds of children across the South Plains.
"It helps all children - not with a certain disease, but all children, whether they are injured or have an illness. It really helps kids in our area and we just believe in this cause," Karin said.
A cause that, since 1983, Karin and Abner have been passionate about.
Because they truly believe in what CMN does for our communities, the duo say they see no reason to set an end date to their service.
"In our mind, it is forever because it's not anything we want to stop doing. We think it's important to the community - not so much what we do, but the CMN effort in general. To have been a part of it for 30 years is incredible," Abner said.