May 26 2010 - Children's Miracle Network Celebration Scheduled

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2010

For more information:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542
john.moore@tmfhs.org

CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK CELEBRATION SCHEDULED

All Funds Benefit Area Children Served by Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

TYLER, TX – The 23rd local Children's Miracle Network Celebration is scheduled for June 5 and 6 and will be broadcast live on KYTX CBS-19 TV. The annual event raises needed funds for Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals across the U.S. Mother Frances Hospital is the CMN hospital in Northeast Texas.

"This wonderful time of Celebration brings America's favorite entertainers, local celebrities and CMN supporters together to help the children of our region," said Robin Rowan, Director of Children's Miracle Network, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "The weather has warmed and this weekend-long event provides the opportunity for viewers to join the fun and support CMN from the comfort of their living room."

The Celebration features local stories of children who have benefited from equipment and services provided through CMN funding. One hundred percent of funds raised benefit children treated through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.

The 2010 ‘Miracle Child’ representing CMN at Trinity Mother Frances is four-year-old David Shelley who was born with a rare and life-threatening congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a condition that causes only one side of the heart to work.

David’s options as a newborn were either a heart transplant or a series of three complicated heart surgeries that would be completed over time.

“CMN Miracle Children” are those, like David, who battle a medical trauma or serious illness. Mother Frances Hospital is one of approximately 170 hospitals throughout North America that provide care for 14 million children and benefit from the Children’s Miracle Network organization.

When David was just 10 days old, cardiac specialists completed the first surgery. He survived the last and most complex surgery this past August. David is now under the care of Dr. David Osteen, a pediatrician in the Special Needs Clinic, who he affectionately calls, “Dr. David.”

“David is a true miracle in every sense of the word,” Dr. Osteen said. “It is a privilege to provide his care right here close to home so that he and his parents can enjoy life to its fullest. The real joy for me is seeing that he will have a normal childhood. With this heart condition, a lot of children are not as lucky as he has been. Although David may face a fourth surgery in the future, you’d never know it when you see him smile.”

Last year, the CMN Celebration generated $552,000 locally. Funds donated throughout the year and during the celebration buy life-saving equipment, and support special programs and educational materials for pediatric services offered through Trinity Mother Frances.

A community advisory committee, with representatives from area businesses that support the Children’s Miracle Network, allocates the funds for specific pediatric services.

“As a mother of three, I realize how important having the best health care available locally is for our family,” Celebration Chairman, Challi Korenek said. “Knowing that the CMN Celebration helps bring in new technology and equipment to Trinity Mother Frances makes it an honor to serve in this position.”

Officials said Celebration dollars raised also benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler and the Trinity Mother Frances 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 will broadcast its 23rd local Celebration June 5 and 6 on KYTX-19 TV, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday and continuing until 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information about Children’s Miracle Network or to become a CMN volunteer, please call 903-531-5437 (KIDS). For more information on other services provided by Trinity Mother Frances, or to make an online donation, visit www.tmfhc.org/cmnpledge.

One hundred percent of the funds raised for Children’s Miracle Network locally stay at Trinity Mother Frances to provide life-saving pediatric equipment and medical services to children in this area.

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