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Note: Dan and Pete Zimmer both had heart transplants at the Children's Hospital of Iowa at UIHC and have been selected as Iowa's 1998 CMN Champions. To request a photograph of the two brothers, call Coleen Maddy at 384-9171.

Weekend of Champions approaches

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The annual television broadcast of the Children's Miracle Network Weekend of Champions begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30 and continues through 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31--originating live from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. In addition, a portion of each hour originates from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and features stories of "champion" children who have received health care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa.

In Iowa, the Children's Miracle Network broadcast 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 at UIHC include Sandy Riesgraf and Brian Roche, KGAN-TV; Amy Kuns and Pete Hjelmstad, KIMT-TV; Mollie Cooney, KCCI-TV; and Mike Kleinstub, WQAD-TV.

The 1998 Weekend of Champions is part of a national fund-raising effort for 170 hospitals affiliated with the Children's Miracle Network (CMN), including the Children's Hospital of Iowa (CHI) at UIHC. Founded in 1983, CMN has helped raise more than $915 million for its affiliated children's hospitals. Since CHI joined CMN in 1984, more than $7 million has been raised throughout the region. Last year more than $1 million was raised locally through individuals, civic groups, and corporations. These gifts benefit children receiving care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and contribute to the advancement of knowledge and practice in pediatric health care.

Children's Miracle Network hospitals are selected for their ability to treat children with all afflictions, including cancer, birth defects, accidents, and muscular and cardio-vascular diseases. The hospitals associated with the network are recognized as the premier pediatric health-care facilities in their communities.

CHI is a "hospital within a hospital" founded in 1997 at UIHC in Iowa City, Iowa. At CHI, health professionals serve children and their families with extraordinary clinical expertise in a full array of subspecialties. More than 84,000 ambulatory clinic visits and nearly 7,000 pediatric admissions occur annually. In addition, nearly 12,000 patients are served in outreach clinics throughout the state. CHI has become a pediatric center of excellence, serving Iowans and patients referred from throughout the United States.