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University of Iowa News Release

May 14, 2003

Radiothon To Benefit Children's Miracle Network At Children's Hospital Of Iowa

Children and families across central Iowa will benefit from the efforts of the KSTZ STAR 102.5 morning team of Big Ken and Colleen during their 78-hour radiothon scheduled for May 21-24 from its live location in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Big Ken and Colleen will share the stories of patients and families cared for at Children's Hospital of Iowa. Donations from listeners will be given to the Children's Miracle Network to help support patients and their families at Children's Hospital of Iowa within UI Hospitals and Clinics. Last year, supporters pledged more than $272,000 to "Ken and Colleen's Kids" during the marathon broadcast.

"We know how much our STAR listeners care about children," said Bill Wells, general manager of the Des Moines Radio Group. "We are looking forward to highlighting the great health care provided by the people at Children's Hospital of Iowa."

Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. One hundred percent of the funds raised through this and other Children's Miracle Network events are used to support the work of affiliated 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.

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.

If you would like more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum-Waters or Michelle Altmaier at (319) 335-8484, or Tom Klaus at (515) 371-1760. You can also learn more about the Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Iowa online at www.uihealthcare.com.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa 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 http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACT(S): Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.