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

June 04, 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.

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

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit www.seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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