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Release: Sept. 13, 2002

KHAK-FM to broadcast annual radiothon to support Children's Miracle Network

The Brain and The Bear of KHAK-FM will host their 6th annual radiothon to support the Children's Miracle Network Sept. 17-20, in the Main Lobby of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Proceeds from the event will benefit patients of the Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and its outreach clinics. 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. Last year, KHAK-FM raised $146,390 during the 100-hour event.

"Our listeners have big hearts," The Brain said. "They really support Children's Hospital of Iowa, and I know they will be even more supportive this year."

"This radiothon is always an incredible experience for us. It's difficult to describe how moved we are by the stories that the kids and their families share with us," The Bear added.

The event kicks off at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 and concludes at noon Friday, Aug. 20. The Brain and The Bear will share the stories of former and current patients of the Children's Hospital of Iowa, and the dedicated physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who care for them.

Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. Children's Miracle Network partners with 135 radio stations and 200 television stations to help support critically ill and injured children. Since its inception in 1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2 billion for children's hospitals, including $229 million in 2001 alone.

If you have questions about making a pledge, or you would like more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Michelle Altmaier at 319-335-8484. You can also make a donation online at www.uihealthcare.com/cmn.