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University of Iowa News Release

May 22, 2006

NOTE TO EDITORS/READERS: A detailed list of communities broadcasting the following Children's Miracle Network program is provided at the end of this news release.

22nd Annual Children's Miracle Network Celebration Airs June 3-4

Children's lives will be celebrated June 3 and 4 on Mediacom Connections during the Children's Miracle Network annual telethon benefiting patients at Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The "Celebration" features stories of patients facing health care hurdles at specialized children's hospitals. These children need sophisticated, cutting-edge treatments. More than 140,000 patients receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa each year and the stories show their courage and the caring environment of the hospital.

The Celebration will air from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, on Mediacom Connections channel 22 throughout the following areas in Iowa: Burlington, Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Emmetsburg, Fairfield/Ottumwa, Mason City and Quad Cities. In Iowa City, the celebration will air at the same times on Mediacom Connections Channel 74.

"Children's Miracle Network provides many wonderful opportunities for healing for our patients," said Michael Artman, M.D., physician-in-chief of Children's Hospital of Iowa. "From the purchase of sophisticated equipment sized just right for children to the various diversionary items that help pass time and lessen the stress of hospitalization, your donations make a positive impact on our kids and their families every day."

Iowa patients Jacob Schwessinger, of Des Moines, and Alex Clark, of Dubuque, will be featured during the television broadcast.

"Our workplace has raised money for the Children's Hospital of Iowa for years. I never knew the impact that Children's Miracle Network made on lives, until our son Jacob was burned," David Schwessinger said.

Jacob was hospitalized for his serious burns for more than a month. The accident occurred when Jacob was 3 years old.

Mediacom has been a generous partner with Children's Miracle Network for the past four years.

"Mediacom is proud to partner with the Children's Miracle Network as it continues to make such a positive impact on the lives of children and their families," said Randy Brown, regional vice president for Mediacom Communications. "Our employees live and work in communities all over Iowa, and they know that local children benefit in extraordinary ways from the Children's Hospital of Iowa."

For more information about how you can support the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum at 3l9-335-8447. You can also make a pledge online at www.givetoiowa.org/cmn

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network 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. To date, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.6 billion for children's hospitals. Children's Miracle Network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 140,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

COMMUNITIES BROADCASTING THE TELETHON:

BURLINGTON: The Celebration will be aired from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, on Mediacom Connections channel 22 in Burlington.

CEDAR FALLS/WATERLOO: The Celebration will be aired from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, on Mediacom Connections channel 22 in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, Elk Run Heights, Gilbertville, Washburn, Hudson, Independence, Oelwein, Hazelton, Fairbanks, Maynard, Strawberry Point, Edgewood, Manchester, Traer, Reinbeck, LaPorte City, Tama, Toledo, Gladbrook, Beaman, Conrad, Garwin, Eldora, Grundy Center, Iowa Falls, Ackley, Parkersburg, Aplington, New Hartford, Dike, Waverly, Shell Rock, Denver, Janesville, Sumner, West Union, Fayette, Elgin, New Hampton, Fredricksville, Calmar, Ossian, Spillville, Fort Atkinson and Decorah.

CEDAR RAPIDS/IOWA CITY: The Celebration will air from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4 on Mediacom Connections channel 22 in Cedar Rapids and channel 74 in Iowa City.

DUBUQUE: The Celebration will air from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4 on Mediacom Connections channel 22.

EMMETSBURG: The Celebration will air from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, on Mediacom Connections channel 22 in Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer, Bancroft, Burt, Buffalo Center, Swea City, Sprit Lake, Lake Park, Harris, Algona, Clare, Clarion, Webster City, Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Laurens, Storm Lake, Cherokee, Sac City, Manson, Lake City and Rockwell City.

FAIRFIELD/OTTUMWA: The Celebration will air from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, on Mediacom channel 22 in Ottumwa, Agency, Eldon, Bloomfield, Centerville, Albia, Oskaloosa, New Sharon, Eddyville, Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant, Wapello, Morning Sun, Keokuk, Burlington, Fort Madison, Columbus Junction and Montrose.

MASON CITY: The Celebration will air from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4 on Mediacom Connections channel 22 in Britt, Cerro Gordo County, Charles City, Clear Lake, Cresco, Duncan, Elma, Floyd, Forest City, Garner, Kensett, Leland, Lime Springs, Manly, Mason City, Nashua, Nora Springs, Northwood, Osage, Riceville, Rockford, St. Ansgar, Stacyville and Ventura.

QUAD CITIES: The Celebration will air from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4 on Mediacom Connections channel 22 in Burlington.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu; Program: Lisa Baum, CMN, 3l9-335-8447