WITN is gearing up for the 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Broadcast to raise money for University Health Systems Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals telethon has the unique distinction that all money raised stays in the local community.
This year’s miracle stories feature children like Michelle Coria from Pitt County, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a serious blood disease, and Jazmine Carr from Craven County, who was born with a serious form of spinal muscle atrophy. Other miracle stories are focused around Jamysen Howard of Pitt County, a child diagnosed with gastroschisis, a opening in the abdominal wall and Daniel Witman of Jones County, who is recovering from bacterial meningitis. Conner Crumpler of Pitt County is another miracle child. He was born prematurely at 23 weeks. Darrius "Malik" Rhodes of Lenoir County will also be featured who survived a terrible motor vehicle collision.
The broadcast will take place at the Brody Medical Sciences Building auditorium in Greenville. The tradition of having Miss North Carolina as a part of the broadcast will continue as the reigning Miss North Carolina, Adrienne Core of Erwin, NC, will help host the event along with WITN anchors and reporters. You’ll see Dave Jordan, Lynnette Taylor, Marvin Daugherty, Billy Weaver, Heather King, Jim Howard, April Davis, Chris Obarsky, Cassandra Bell, Hilary Magacs, Matt Engelbrecht, Brittany Gunter, Brittany Creamer, Chris Jones, Bob Trihy and Kelsey Smith throughout the weekend.
WITN and Pitt County Memorial Hospital have been a part of Children’s Miracle Network since 1986. Beaufort County resident Blair Boyd, who was born prematurely, was the telethon’s first miracle child. On this first broadcast, hosted by David Crabtree, Susan Roesgen and Dick Jones, Eastern Carolina gave $67,000. To date, CMN donations for our Children’s Hospital have topped 17 million dollars!
WITN partners with a great staff from the Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation who work with volunteers, hospital personnel and sponsors to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. Hard-working volunteers take their time to be a part of this event and make a point to come back every year. Sponsors show incredible support each year along with the fantastic commitment from listeners and viewers.
Eastern Carolina ’s CMN campaign continues to be among the most successful in the nation with donations being in the top four from the 170 markets throughout the country. The people of Eastern Carolina have embraced this cause for children, and it's great to live in an area where the welfare of others is such a priority.
This year’s broadcast hits the airwaves on Friday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. and run until 11:30. It will resume on Sunday morning at 7:00 and conclude on Sunday evening at 6:30. We hope you tune in to celebrate miracles for kids.