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Release: May 30, 2002

Children's Miracle Network Celebration of Champions set for June 1-2

The 18th Children's Miracle Network Celebration of Champions June 1-2 will share the stories of children and families who receive care at children's hospitals, including the Children's Hospital of Iowa within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

National segments of the Children's Miracle Network Celebration of Champions television program are hosted by cofounders Marie Osmond and John Schneider, as well as other celebrities and entertainers. The Children's Hospital of Iowa portions are hosted by television news journalists Michelle Aguayo, Amy Kuns and Tiffany O'Donnell.

Children's Miracle Network (CMN) is the nation's largest charitable organization. All of the funds raised in an area stay in that same area to benefit the local children's hospital. Donations are used to enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and purchase the sophisticated pediatric health care equipment necessary to care for critically ill and injured children.

Viewers in eastern and central Iowa, southern Minnesota and western Illinois can tune in for the Celebration of Champions on partner stations KDSM-TV (FOX) of Des Moines, KGAN-TV (CBS) of Cedar Rapids/Waterloo/Iowa City/Dubuque, KIMT-TV (CBS) of Mason City/Austin Lee, Minn./Rochester, Minn, and WQAD-TV of the Quad Cities. The broadcast will begin at
8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, with a special two-hour segment featuring the Children's Hospital of Iowa on KGAN-TV, KIMT-TV and WQAD-TV. KDSM-TV will air the segment beginning at
9:30 p.m. Consult your local listings for information about the remainder of the CMN broadcast schedule.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, CMN is an international non-profit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Its hallmark is that 100 percent of locally generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local children's hospital. To date, CMN has raised more than $2 billion for children's hospitals, including $229 million in 2001 alone.

The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

The Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year. In 2001, the Children's Hospital of Iowa received almost $2.4 million from CMN.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.