CMN Telethon raises record-breaking $1.2 million - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

CMN Telethon raises record-breaking $1.2 million

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

After 31 years, the Children's Miracle Network Telethon has raised the most money in UMC history - $1,197,695.

The Children's Miracle Network staff has invested time and sacrificed sleep in order to make this year historic, and it paid off.

KCBD's Karin and Abner have hosted the telethon since its first year back in 1983.

"We get emotional when we hear that number because of how generous people are, year after year," Abner said.

"You get emotional when all of us grow up together with this great cause," Karin said.

For 48 hours, the phones rang on accepting donations for kids like Sterling Decker, Nathaniel Tavarez, Kendall Sanders, Kourtnee White, Owen Gandy and Avery Maise, the miracle kids of 2014, whose stories have helped inspire the more than one million dollars' worth of donations.

The largest contribution made to the telethon was actually by UMC employees, with a check for $196,000.

The 30 Minute Club donates 30 minutes of their pay, per pay period.

The money raised by the telethon goes directly to a fund for the Children's Miracle Network.

Every cent stays at UMC for hospital services, facilities and equipment that is so rare and advanced, it provides one of a kind care for kids - none of which the hospital could afford without the incredible donations.

Click here to read all the heartwarming stories for this year

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