TYLER (KYTX) - For the 27th year the Trinity Mother Frances Children's Miracle Network telethon has again received major support from the community.This year, donations reached an all time high: more than one million dollars was raised.
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains how this donation milestone will continue to help hundreds of sick east Texas kids.
Seeing these children thrive is what keeps the Children's Miracle Network going.
"I remember sitting in the nic u and watching her breath and someone mentioned the equipment was paid by the Children's Miracle Network," said Volunteer Kathryn Billberry.
For years volunteers, community support and donations have provided the money needed to give many of these children a fighting chance at survival.
"I have volunteered for the last four years, after my daughter was born and needed some services from the nic u at Trinity Mother Frances."
Billberry said, over the years she's realized how important each dollar is.
"That money saved my daughters life possibly."
It's parents like her and children like hers that the a two day Trinity Mother Frances telethon event is for. Yearly the event helps reel in the big bucks.
This year, for the first time ever over one million bucks was raised.
"Its a million dollars to the betterment to the health of kids and it's so meaningful," said CBS 19 general manger John Gaston.
The money raised goes toward buying the best medical equipment available...in years past families with children needing medical attention would have to drive back and forth to Dallas, for many, that's not the case anymore.
"It also allowed us to stay here together with our support system," Billberry said.
Representatives say, each year despite a years long worth of planning --when you see one more happy and healthy child-- it's all worth it.
Trinity mother Fraces is one of 170 hospital across the country that provides aid to more than 14-million children nationwide.
One hundred percent of donations to children's miracle network stay right here in east Texas.
TYLER (KYTX) - The 27th Children's Miracle Network Celebration at Mother Frances Hospital closed Sunday with $1,035,408 in funding for pediatric services.
The event was broadcast Saturday and Sunday on KYTX CBS-19 Television and featured local and national celebrities, Miracle Children's stories and vignettes of the extensive pediatric care provided at Mother Frances Hospital and through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
"CMN Miracle Children" are those who battle a medical trauma or serious illness. Mother Frances Hospital is one of 170 hospitals throughout North America that provide care for 14 million children and benefit from the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) organization. One hundred percent of local funds raised this weekend will stay in East Texas.
"We are in awe of the people of East Texas and how much love and generosity they showed to the Children's Miracle Network," said Robin Rowan, Children's Miracle Network Director, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "With the help of CBS-19, KMOO, La Invasora, all our incredible local and national sponsors and so many incredible volunteers, we have raised our highest total yet."
Generous funds donated throughout the year and during the telecast buy life-saving equipment, and support special programs and educational materials for pediatric services offered through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
A community advisory committee, with representatives from area businesses that support the Children's Miracle Network, allocates the funds for specific pediatric services.
"The Celebration gives viewers in East Texas the chance to learn the Miracle Families' stories of hope that were made possible through the generosity of local and national sponsors and contributors," said Rowan. "It is also an opportunity to enjoy a weekend of entertainment while supporting the children who benefit from pediatric care provided through Trinity Mother Frances. Thanks to the viewers and our volunteers who worked so hard, and to CBS-19 for being our partner."
Mrs. Rowan also noted the Celebration funds benefit the Trinity Mother Frances Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Pediatric Special Needs Clinic, which is the only site in the region serving families whose children have chronic and complex medical conditions.
Children's Miracle Network designated Mother Frances Hospital in 1987 as the East Texas region's Children's Miracle Network hospital, enabling us to provide specialized technology and services designed specifically to care for pediatric patients.
Funds raised through the annual Children's Miracle Network Celebration have provided life-saving equipment in the Mother Frances Hospital Children's Center, Special Care Nursery, Emergency Care Center, Tyler Square Ambulatory Surgery Center, Special Needs Clinic and Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville.
One hundred percent of donations to Children's Miracle Network stay right here in our community to support pediatric services provided by Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
For more information on services provided through Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit tmfhc.org.