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University of Iowa News Release

May 31, 2006

STAR 102.5 Radiothon Supports Children's Hospital Of Iowa

STAR 102.5 of Des Moines raised $205,521 during its live marathon broadcast from Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City during the station's eighth annual Star 102.5 Radiothon May 24-26.

The special event originated in the atrium lobby on the first level of the state's only comprehensive academic medical center. The STAR 102.5 broadcast team shared the stories of patients, parents and staff at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"We are very grateful to our listeners for their generous support of the Children's Hospital of Iowa," said Bill Wells, STAR 102.5 vice president and general manager. "We called upon them to help children and their families, and they came through in a very big way."

Colleen Kelly, STAR 102.5 morning host, helped lead the radiothon team. "Every time I think that this experience can't possibly become more emotional and inspirational, these kids and parents just prove me wrong," Kelly said. "Their grace and strength is truly incredible."

Schools, businesses and individuals made donations during the three-day event. Radiothon proceeds help create new programs for children and support ongoing research, enhancements to patient stays through services such as pain management and patient education. For more information about Children's Miracle Network, visit online at

"We are delighted to have a partner as wonderful as STAR 102.5," added Michael Artman, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Iowa. "The station's commitment helps us provide the most advanced, family-centered care possible to the sickest children in the state and region."

For more information about how you can support the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Michelle Altmaier at 3l9-335-9003. You can also still make a pledge online at or

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. 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 UI Hospitals and Clinics 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.

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,