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Release: Sept. 10, 2002

Y105-FM radiothon raises more than $40,000 for Children's Miracle Network

A Dubuque radio station raised $40,329 last week for the Children's Miracle Network, which will use proceeds from the event to benefit critically ill and injured children at Children’s Hospital of Iowa in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Y105-FM personalities Chris Farber and Rachel Redford co-hosted the 100-hour event in Dubuque's Kennedy Mall. The radiothon kicked off at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 and concluded at noon Saturday. Sept. 7.

Farber and Redford shared the stories of former and current patients of Children's Hospital of Iowa and the dedicated physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who care for them.

"What an incredible week," Farber said. "Our listeners have big hearts, and this is a cause that they can really feel good about supporting. We met so many Tri-State families who shared their personal stories. We were also thrilled with the local schools that surprised us with their wonderful gifts. Kids helping kids…that is so great."

Redford said, "The hours are long, but the radiothon actually goes by very quickly. Hearing the stories of these special kids and their families is really a very rewarding experience for us."

Children's Miracle Network is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. One hundred percent of all donations to the radiothon remain in the local region to benefit critically ill and injured children.

More than 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa each year, including thousands from eastern Iowa, western Illinois and western Wisconsin.

Anyone who has questions regarding a pledge, or who would like more information about helping the Children's Miracle Network, contact Michelle Altmaier at (319) 335-8484. Donations can also be made online at uihealthcare.com/cmn.

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