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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 25, 2003

Miracle Tree Benefits Patients And Families

Patrons and staff of Coral Ridge Mall can literally make miracles happen this holiday season.

From now until Dec. 24, visitors and workers at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville can purchase and personalize large, colorful ornaments for $5 each to decorate the 27-foot "Miracle Tree" in the center court of the mall. Last year the Miracle Tree project raised more than $5,000.

Proceeds of the event will benefit patients of Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and its outreach clinics across the state. Children's Hospital of Iowa is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 100,000 children receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa each year.

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. Some 135 radio stations and 200 television stations help solicit donations to help support critically ill and injured children. Since it inception in 1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.2 billion for children's hospitals.

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. You can also learn more about Children's Miracle Network and the Children's Hospital of Iowa online at www.uihealthcare.com.

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.

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

CONTACT: Sheila Boyd, Marketing Coordinator, Coral Ridge Mall, 319-466-1214, Ext. 228; Writer: Tom Moore.