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University of Iowa News Release

May 26, 2004

Children's Miracle Network Celebration Telethon Set For June 5-6

The 20th Children's Miracle Network Celebration on June 5-6 will share the stories of children and families who receive care at children's hospitals, including Children's Hospital of Iowa within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Entertainers and co-founders of Children's Miracle Network, Marie Osmond and John Schneider, host the annual Celebration telethon. Children's Miracle Network has grown dramatically since its founding in 1983, from a televised fundraiser in a small studio to one of the world's leading children's charities working to save and improve the lives of millions of children each year.

Children's Miracle Network hospitals help kids of every age and background overcome every disease and injury - from asthma and broken bones to cancer, sickle cell anemia, pediatric AIDS and muscular dystrophy.

Thousands of special events and fundraisers are conducted year-round through a coalition of premier children's hospitals, media partners and corporate volunteers working together to ensure healthy kids in their communities. In addition to the Children's Miracle Network Celebration, corporate sponsors sell paper Miracle Balloons, radio stations broadcast Radiothons and college students hold Dance Marathons - just a few of the programs generating millions of dollars each year to provide the life-saving care and crucial outreach programs kids need.

Through its year-round efforts to help hospitalized kids, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.2 billion to date, most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time by caring individuals across North America.

Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. All of the funds raised in an area stay in that same area to benefit the local 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.

Viewers in Iowa can tune in for the Celebration of Champions on Mediacom Cable systems in the following communities and their surrounding areas:

Atlantic - Channel 22
Cedar Falls/Waterloo - Channel 14
Cedar Rapids - Channel 10
Des Moines - Channel 22
Dubuque - Channel 18
Emmetsburg - Channel 18
Fairfield/Ottumwa - Channel 15
Iowa City - Channel 68
Mason City - Channel 5 (and Channel 14 in selected neighboring communities)
Quad Cities - Channel 19

"We especially want to thank Mediacom Cable for agreeing to be the presenting sponsor of the Children's Miracle Network Celebration," said Michelle Altmaier, assistant director of Children's Miracle Network at Children's Hospital of Iowa. "We are deeply grateful for their support of the families we care for here."

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. The network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

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 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 or Michelle Altmaier at 319-335-8484. You can also makes a pledge online or learn more about Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Iowa at

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

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,