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Mix 96 Children's Miracle Network Radiothon Breaks Record

Patients, parents and hospital volunteers cheered as the second annual Mix for Kids Radiothon from Children's Hospital of Iowa within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics hit a record total of $50,040 in donations at the broadcast's conclusion last Friday evening, Nov. 17.

Hosts Debbie McFadden, Pat Leuck, Polly Peterson and Ron Evans worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk as hosts of the program to share stories of the expert care at Children's Hospital of Iowa. The proceeds will support 85,000 patients who come to the hospital yearly from the station's listening area.

"The efforts of many will benefit thousands of Quad City area children who are served by Children's Hospital," Leuck said. "It's an honor to help these kids and parents find their voices."

"We met a young girl from Houston, Texas, who traveled to our hospital to get the surgery only found three places in the world. It's an impressive place," added Evans.

Elyse Meade of Davenport, mother of Jon Meade, helped rally the troops of radiothon participants. Jon, a lifelong patient at Children's Hospital of Iowa, lost his battle with cystic fibrosis last July. Jon's memory lived on throughout the two-day event. He was a regular at Children's Miracle Network fundraising events, and many patients came to share their stories of triumph and challenge just like Jon.

Proceeds from the event will benefit various programs that support specialized equipment purchases

Children's Miracle Network has a membership of 170 children's hospitals nationwide. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Children's Miracle Network's hallmark is that locally generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local children's hospital. Children's Miracle Network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Each year, Children's Hospital of Iowa records more than 100,000 clinic visits and some 7,000 inpatient admissions. In addition, numerous pediatric outreach and satellite clinics provide primary and specialty care for children in communities throughout Iowa. A 175-bed "hospital within a hospital," Children's Hospital of Iowa benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

For more information about Children's Miracle Network, contact Michelle Altmaier or Lisa Baum at 319-335-8447. You may also still make an online donation at: http://www.mix96online.com.

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