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University of Iowa News Release

March 17, 2004

Children's Miracle Network Iowa Champion To Visit White House, Disney World

An 11-year-old boy from Boone will represent all Iowa children who have faced serious medical challenges during the Children's Miracle Network "2004 Foresters Champions Across America" program.

Nick Bassett, the 2004 Children's Miracle Network Iowa Champion, developed a dramatic curvature of his spine following the removal of a tumor at the base of his spine. The disorder threatened his ability to walk. Specialists in pediatric orthopaedics at Children's Hospital of Iowa worked to correct the spinal curvature, allowing Nick to regain his mobility and lead a more normal, healthy life.

On March 21, Nick and his parents will join 49 other Children's Miracle Network Champions - one from each state in the United States - in Washington, D.C. The children serve as ambassadors for 14 million of their hospitalized peers. The children, their families and supporters will attend a special reception at the White House.

"The incredible courage and determination of these kids inspires us all," said actor John Schneider, who co-founded Children's Miracle Network with entertainer Marie Osmond. "They really are champions, every one of them, and they deserved to be honored."

Following their stay in the nation's capitol, the Champions will travel to Orlando, Fla., where they will participate in videotaping the 2004 Children's Miracle Network broadcast at Walt Disney World, which will air nationwide on the weekend of June 4-6.

The Independent Order of Foresters, an international fraternal benefit society, sponsors the Champions Across America program. Foresters has proudly supported Children's Miracle Network since 1990.

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 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. The organization's hallmark is that 100 percent of locally generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local Children's Miracle Network hospital. To date, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.2 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 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year. Locally, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $16 million from individuals, corporations, businesses and civic groups in this region benefiting patients and programs at Children's Hospital of Iowa. The funds help purchase sophisticated medical technology, support important research studies and provide comfort items that make hospital stays more comfortable for patients and their families.

For assistance in covering this event, please contact Lisa Baum at 319-335-8447.

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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,