Miracle Makers Broadcast Raises Record $6.8 Million for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center

On May 31st, this year's Miracle Makers broadcast, co-sponsored by Costco and KOMO 4 television, raised a record $6.8 million for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.


On May 31st, this year's Miracle Makers broadcast, co-sponsored by Costco and KOMO 4 television, raised a record $6.8 million for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

Seattle, Wash.: June 4, 2003 – On May 31st, this year's Miracle Makers broadcast, co-sponsored by Costco and KOMO 4 television, raised a record $6.8 million for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. This was the largest amount raised in the 19-year history of the broadcast. Proceeds benefit Children's financial assistance program, which guarantees that no child is turned away, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Donors also had the opportunity to put their pledges towards a specific hospital department.

Through the dedicated work of KOMO staff and more than 200 volunteers, this year's Miracle Makers showcased the stories of Children's patients, families, staff and volunteers. The broadcast featured patients cared for by Children's specialists in Craniofacial, Heart Center, Pulmonary, Hematology/Oncology, Orthopedics, and other hospital areas. The program also highlighted the importance of nurses and the Child Life department in making the hospital a special place for Pacific Northwest children.

"Making sure that all children receive the medical care they deserve is a cornerstone of Children's Hospital's mission," said Peggy Habegger, a Children's Trustee. "By raising a record amount, this year's Miracle Makers proves once again how strong the community supports the specialty care Children's provides. Children's is extremely grateful for the community's support and KOMO 4's continued commitment to our mission."

KOMO 4 newscasters Kathi Goertzen and Steve Pool emceed the broadcast, along with Margo Myers, Todd Johnson and Ken Schram. Longtime KOMO employee and Miracle Makers veteran Doug Tolmie served as producer.

"We believe that healthy kids are typically happy kids and that healthy kids do better in school," said KOMO 4 Station Manager Sandy Montgomery. "Not having to worry about your child's health reduces stress in the family. So, it is a natural for KOMO 4 to be a part of the Miracle Makers telethon for the past 19 years."

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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