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

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

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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