Miracle Makers Telethon Raises $6.4 Million

Seattle: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and KOMO 4 television raised $6.4 million during this year’s Miracle Makers broadcast.

Seattle: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and KOMO 4 television raised $6.4 million during this year’s Miracle Makers broadcast. In its 18th year, the broadcast showcased the stories of Children’s patients, families, staff and volunteers. Proceeds benefit Children’s financial assistance program, which guarantees that no child is turned away, regardless of the family’s ability to pay - a cornerstone of Children’s mission.

“Children’s is truly humbled by the generous response to the telethon,” said Resa Moore, a Children’s Trustee. “Our patients represent the most precious segment of this community - our children. The money raised enables Children’s Hospital to continue a mission that began nearly 100 years ago. We want to thank each and every contributor for helping us exceed our fundraising goal and establish a new Miracle Makers record.”

KOMO 4 newscasters Kathi Goertzen, Todd Johnson, Margo Myers, Steve Pool, Ken Shram and Molly Shen emceed the broadcast.

“All of us at KOMO are thrilled with the generosity of our viewers and truly enjoy our time with Children’s patients and their families,” said Kathi Goertzen, KOMO television anchor and board member of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We’ve watched so many of these kids grow up over the 18 years we’ve been broadcasting the telethon. We consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to help.”

“The wonderful people at KOMO 4 spend countless hours preparing the special stories about our brave patients, outstanding physicians and dedicated staff,” continued Moore. “They have been our partner for 18 years and are a critical part of our success. We are extremely grateful to KOMO for their strong commitment to Children’s and the community.”

Miracle Makers also recognizes the contributions of major corporate donors, such as Costco Wholesale, Dairy Queen, The John L. Scott Foundation, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, Washington State Elks Association and many others.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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