The countdown to the 23rd Children's Miracle Network Celebration has begun. The live broadcast begins Saturday at 3pm on NewsChannel 11.
The McInturff Center was a buzz of activity Friday, with volunteers working diligently to make sure that when the lights are switched on Saturday everything runs smoothly.
And back at NewsChannel 11 there were lots of smiles during the Children's Miracle Network pizza party. It's the annual kick-off to the CMN Telethon. An evening of full of fun, but without your donations, some of these children may not have survived.
"It saved Houston's life."
Kids, like Leukemia survivor Houston Mings, know all too well why your donations are so important.
"For the cancer kids. So they can find a cure for cancer," Mings said. "To help the children with injuries."
Whether an accident or an illness parent's of our miracle children say they never expected it to be their child.
"It's very important that you donate. I do now every year, but I never knew before how important that was."
"You never know when an accident is going to happen, and for the money to be here and the technology and the doctors. Without the funding it wouldn't be possible."
"We're one of those people that thought, it will never happen to us, and when it did it was just a blessing to be able to stay here."
So this weekend remember this message from just a few of the kids touched by your generosity: "Please donate."
"You've gotta watch! We hear so much negative out there, what's bad in our country you'll see what's great in our country - it's kids, I mean they're amazing!" CMN co-founder Marie Osmond said.
In the past 22 years the Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $8.2 million locally! This year's goal is a hefty one, $750,000, and as usual, every penny raised here will stay here to pay for equipment and special services at the Children's Hospital at UMCS.
Remember we start the CMN Celebration Saturday at 3pm.
|2006 Children's Miracle Network Telethon|