CONTACT: DIANA LUNDELL
UIHC Public Information
Iowa City IA 52242
UI's Fry, Lee, Blevins join "Weekend of Champions"
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children who are "champions" over illnesses
will tell their stories on this year's Children Miracle Network (CMN) telecast
airing Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.
This year they have some help from new team members University of Iowa
Hawkeye coaches Hayden Fry, Angie Lee, and Gayle Blevins, who have volunteered
their time to several special events supporting CMN because they know the
importance of teamwork. Lee says, "The partnership is the same . .
. it's a team of children, their parents, health care specialists and volunteers
working together to make a difference."
The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and continues through
5 p.m. Sunday, June 1 -- originating live from Walt Disney World in Orlando,
Fla. In addition, a portion of each hour will originate from UI Hospitals
and Clinics and feature stories of area "champion" children who
have received health care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa at UIHC.
In Iowa the CMN Weekend of Champions can be seen on KCCI-TV, Channel
8 Des Moines; KIMT-TV, Channel 3, Mason City; KGAN-TV, Channel 2, Cedar
Rapids; and WQAD-TV, Channel 8, Quad Cities. Television personalities who
will host the event from UIHC include Sandy Riesgraf and Brian Roche KGAN-TV,
Amy Kuns and Kevin Skarupa, KIMT-TV, Rich Henkels, WQAD-TV, and Mollie
The 1997 Weekend of Champions is part of a nationwide fund-raising effort
for the Children's Hospital of Iowa and 162 other hospitals affiliated
Since its founding in 1983, CMN has helped raise more than $1.04 billion
for its affiliated hospitals for children -- $141 million in 1996 alone.
Funds raised in this region benefit children's health care at the Children's
Hospital of Iowa at UIHC. In Iowa last year $954,165 was raised and since
participating in the network, UIHC has received more than $6.3 million
for children's health care.
CMN hospitals are selected for their ability to treat children with
all afflictions, including cancer, birth defects, accidents, and muscular
and cardiovascular diseases. The hospitals associated with the network
are recognized as the premier pediatric health care facilities in their
communities. The UIHC's Children's Hospital of Iowa serves the health care
needs of more than 100,000 children and adolescents annually.