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University of Iowa News Release

July 25, 2006

Antique Auto Club Presents $250 To Children's Hospital Of Iowa

Classic car enthusiasts from the area met last week to celebrate their common interest, show off their prized automobiles, enjoy a potluck and do something really good for kids across the region.

The Double I Antique Auto Club presented Michelle Altmaier of the Children's Miracle Network with a check for $250 to help sick children at the Children's Hospital of Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Altmaier explained that sophisticated health care for kids also needs to include activities that help kids cope with hospitalization. The auto club's donation will be used to help purchase items to distract children when they experience painful procedures.

"Pain is actually minimized when children move their attention to a pop-up book, listen to music or are engaged in simple play," Altmaier said. "These funds will help us help kids."

More than 140,000 children receive care annually at the Children's Hospital. In this region alone, more than 7,500 children are served at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"We wanted to support Children's Hospital of Iowa because it cares for our kids," said club president Deliah Blinkinsop of Clinton.

The Double I Antique Auto Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month in various locations. Members of the club are from eastern Iowa and western Illinois and have a common interest in the restoration and preservation of vintage autos. The sole requirement of membership is an interest in antique autos. New members are always welcome; for information call Deliah Blinkinsop at 563-242-0113.

Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. Funds raised in an area stay in that same area to benefit the local children's hospital. Donations enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and help purchase the sophisticated pediatric health care equipment necessary to care for critically ill and injured children.

Children's Miracle Network funds support Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Children's Hospital of Iowa 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.

If you would like more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Altmaier or Lisa Baum at 319-335-8484. You can also learn more online at

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