May 31 2009 - CMN Raises $552708 for 2009


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

The annual CMN Celebration, held May 30 and 31 live on CBS-19 TV, raised $552,708 for pediatric services provided by Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. The event included appearances and performances by famous celebrities, and local stories of children who have benefited from equipment and services available at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, the local CMN affiliate. The Celebration is the culmination of a yearlong fundraising effort by individuals, businesses and civic organizations. One hundred percent of funds raised benefit children treated through Trinity Mother Frances.

"We are so excited by the generosity of donors throughout east Texas. Every year, the communities keep coming through to help us meet our goals to raise needed funds to treat the children," said Robin Rowan, director, Children's Miracle Network, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "CBS-19 broadcasts the Celebration; MIX 93.1 and KMOO held radiothons; our many corporate sponsors such as Brookshire's, Dairy Queen and WalMart donate funds; and certainly the individuals who gave from the heart are part of a large group who made this such a success. To everyone who donated or helped, we say 'thank you' on behalf of the children."

This year’s ‘Miracle Child’ representing the Children’s Miracle Network at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics is five-year-old Andrew Parker. “CMN Miracle Children” are those, like Andrew, 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.

On September 6, 2008, when Rebecca Parker’s neighbor experienced car trouble and asked to borrow the Parker’s van to run an errand, Rebecca didn’t hesitate. Her son Andrew was playing in the front yard and she went inside for just a few minutes. Moments later, Andrew’s father, Michael, heard an awful sound and rushed to the front yard. Andrew was lying on the ground and had been accidentally run over by the van.

After transport to Mother Frances Hospital by the Flight For Life team, the Emergency Care Center staff, led by trauma surgeon Robert Ellis, MD, rapidly assessed Andrew. Initial tests revealed that Andrew had damage to his lungs as well as possible chest and abdominal injuries. The marks from the tires were outlined clearly on his chest. Dr. Ellis admitted Andrew to the Intensive Care Unit at Mother Frances Hospital for further monitoring and evaluation.

Andrew had suffered a severe crush injury to the chest and developed acute respiratory distress syndrome as a result, a very serious lung condition. The family made the decision not to transfer Andrew to a Dallas area pediatric intensive care unit based upon the high level of care being provided to their son at Mother Frances Hospital. Further tests showed that, miraculously, Andrew had sustained milder injuries than initially suspected. With intensive specialty care, Andrew’s condition steadily improved and stabilized and he was moved to the Children’s Center at Mother Frances Hospital.

According to Dr. Ellis, “Andrew is a very lucky little boy. We are grateful for the high level of acute and diagnostic services that we were able to provide, not only through our Flight For Life team, but also at Mother Frances Hospital. It is a miracle that Andrew is alive following the accident and has had such a great outcome.”

Andrew Parker is the 2009 Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Child and is doing very well, to the delight of his parents. To learn more about how you can help east Texas children like Andrew Parker, please call Robin Rowan, Director, Children’s Miracle Network, at (903) 531-5437. One hundred percent of the funds raised for Children’s Miracle Network locally at Trinity Mother Frances to provide life-saving pediatric equipment and medical services to children in our area.

About CMN

Children’s Miracle Network designated Mother Frances Hospital in 1988 as the east Texas region’s Children’s Miracle Network hospital, enabling the Hospital 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, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Care Center, Tyler Square Ambulatory Surgery Center, Special Needs Clinic, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville and at the FamilyCARE Center.

In addition to funding purchases of specialized pediatric equipment, Children's Miracle Network funds pediatric services and education for various TMF departments. Children's Miracle Network support helps physicians and staff provide the best care possible to children throughout the region.

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