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June 3 2007 - CMN Celebration Biggest Ever

For Immediate Release

June 3, 2007

John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4541


20th Annual Fund-Raiser Nets More Than $640 Thousand

TYLER, TX - The 20th Children's Miracle Network Celebration at Mother Frances Hospital closed Sunday night with a record-setting $640,570 in funding for pediatric services, surpassing last year's total by almost $36,000. 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 Health System.

"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.

Last year, the CMN Celebration total was $604,630 locally. 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 Health System. 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 is an opportunity for viewers in east Texas to see and learn the Miracle Families' stories of hope that were made possible through the generosity of local and national sponsors and contributors," said Robin Rowan, Children's Miracle Network Director, Trinity Mother Frances Health System. "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 Health System. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who worked so hard, and to CBS-19 for being our partner."

"Every parent wants the best health care available for their children. The CMN Celebration helps provide that for families in east Texas," said Holly Austin, Celebration chairman. "It is an honor to serve in such an important position."

Mrs. Rowan also noted the Celebration funds the Pediatric Special Needs Clinic, which is the only site in the region serving families whose children have chronic and complex medical conditions. Money from the Celebration also provides the Mother Frances Hospital special care nursery with equipment to help care for at-risk newborns.

For more information on services provided through Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit www.tmfhs.org .

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