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20th Anniversary Showing of Miracle Makers Broadcast Raises Record $7.2 Million

June 17, 2004

Seattle, Wash.: On June 12, this year's Miracle Makers broadcast, co-sponsored by Costco and KOMO 4 television, raised a record $7.2 million for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Proceeds benefit Children's uncompensated care program, which ensures that all children in our region receive the specialty care they need, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Pledges could also be made towards specific hospital departments.

Seattle, Wash.: On June 12, this year's Miracle Makers broadcast, co-sponsored by Costco and KOMO 4 television, raised a record $7.2 million for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Proceeds benefit Children's uncompensated care program, which ensures that all children in our region receive the specialty care they need, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Pledges could also be made towards specific hospital departments.

During the broadcast, which marked the 20th anniversary of Miracle Makers, patients featured on previous telethons returned for a "reunion" to celebrate this special occasion. Through the committed work of KOMO staff and more than 225 volunteers, Miracle Makers 2004 highlighted the stories of Children's patients, families, staff and volunteers.

This year's broadcast featured patients cared for by Children's departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Heart Center, Pain Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Orthopedics, and many other hospital areas. The program also showcased the importance of nurses and other valuable staff in making Children's a special place for Pacific Northwest children. Inspired by their stories, donors called in more than 1,400 pledges during the 5-hour broadcast.

"In 20 years of Miracle Makers broadcasts, almost $70 million has been raised for Children's Hospital," said Connie Proctor, a Children's Hospital Trustee and the 2004 Miracle Makers Chair. "We set a new fundraising record during this year's Miracle Makers, showing once again how much the community cares for children in this region and supports the mission of Children's Hospital. We are so very thankful to have such dedicated support from the community and from KOMO 4 TV."

KOMO 4 newscaster Kathi Goertzen emceed the broadcast with help from Connie Thompson, Mike Dardis, Ken Schram, Todd Johnson, Margo Myers, Steve Pool and Eric Slocum. Doug Tolmie, a long-time Miracle Makers veteran, and Tai Takahashi served as producers.

"This year's 20th Anniversary Miracle Makers was a special broadcast for many at KOMO 4 TV," said KOMO 4 Station Manager Sandy Montgomery. "It brought together many familiar faces from past years' broadcasts and showed us once again how important it is for every child to receive the best pediatric specialty care, regardless of their family's ability to pay."

Montgomery went on to say, "KOMO 4 strongly believes in that mission and is proud to be a part of making it happen. Miracle Makers is a labor of love for all of us at the station."

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, 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, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. 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 http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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