After a 19-hour Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Mediathon on ABC10 KXTV, the final totals revealed that Mediathon viewers and partners raised $573,586 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.
For the entire day during regular programming, ABC10 featured inspiring, local stories of children who had been treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. ABC10 anchors Mark S. Allen, Megan Telles, Carlos Saucedo, Irene Cruz, Liz Kreutz and Chris Thomas were broadcasting from the Pavilion lobby of the hospital all day.
Here are a few video stories that were covered:
- Local 'Miracle Child' recovers from having stroke at 4-years-old
- Reese Baker’s winning battle with leukemia
- Doctor at UC Davis Children’s Hospital operates on baby 10 weeks before birth
- Folsom 11-year-old relearns how to walk after nearly 40 days at UC Davis Children's Hospital
- Toddler with E. coli infection needed 19 days at UC Davis Children's Hospital
- California preemie named after preemie sister who died soon after birth
- The power of positive thinking
- MRI goggles make a difference
- Returning to dance with the help of acupuncture
Viewers called in their donations to the toll-free number, 877-719-KIDS (5437) and ABC10 also promoted the Mediathon to its more than 547,000 social media followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Give4Kids.
Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza also hosted a pizza promotion in Parking Lot #3 of the Medical Center, selling $5 large Kids Favorite Pizzas (half cheese and half pepperoni) with a portion of proceeds benefiting UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Sacramento Republic FC players and representatives were also on site to meet and greet employees and the public.
"Friday was a day for miracles. It was wonderful to see our communities come together to make miracles happen for the children here at UC Davis Children's Hospital," said Jacquelyn Mills, senior director of development at Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis.
Like all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® fundraisers, funds raised stay local, meaning all funds donated to the mediathon will be given to UC Davis Children’s Hospital and stay right here in the Sacramento community.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can "put your money where the miracles are," at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.