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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon Wednesday, May 17, 2017

UTICA, NY – The 26th annual Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Foundation Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Telethon will air Wednesday, May 17, 2017, on WKTV NewsChannel 2. Broadcast live from the Community Room in the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica, the Telethon will air from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. To make a pledge to CMN during the Telethon, please call 315-624-6464.

“This year, more than ever, we are looking for the support of the community to help make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve at FSLH,” said Andrea MacDiarmid, CMN coordinator. “The money raised stays in the Mohawk Valley and provides funds for vital programs, services and equipment for the women and children who receive treatment at our facilities.”

The Telethon includes a number of special events throughout the day including check presentations, live interviews, miracle stories about local children and families and special pledge incentive offers. To help celebrate the day, $100,000 Miracle Drawing tickets will also be for sale at the following locations:

  • Holland Farms Bakery & Deli in Yorkville from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Come on down for a fresh cup of coffee and get into this year’s drawing.
  • St. Luke’s Home on the St. Luke’s Campus from 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
    You won’t even need to get out of your car; just drive up and someone will be there to assist you.
  • All $100,000 Miracle Drawing Ticket Outlets
    • AmeriCU Credit Union Locations
    • MVHS Boonville Medical Office
    • Chanatry’s Supermarket
    • Countryside Stove & Chimney
    • Faxton Campus – Foundation Office
    • GPO Federal Credit Union
    • Jay-K Independent Lumber Corp.
    • Remington Federal Credit Union
    • St. Elizabeth Campus – Administration Office
    • St. Luke’s Campus – Administration Office
    • MVHS Town of Webb Medical Office

Tickets are $100 each and must be purchased with CASH only. For more information about $100,000 Miracle Drawing tickets, visit mvhealthsystem.org/miracle-drawing.

Funds from the 2017 Telethon will support the Child Life Specialist position at the St. Luke’s Campus. Child life professionals help infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment. They provide evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education to reduce fear, anxiety and pain.

Miracle Child Story – Miles and Amelia Shevlin from Rome, NY

Miles and Amelia were born prematurely at 34 weeks and had to spend time in our Level II Special Care Nursery, which is supported by CMN Hospitals until they were strong enough to go home. Thanks to your generosity, Miles and Amelia were able to stay close to home during a critical time, with family at their side.

For more information or to make a donation before or after the CMN Hospitals Telethon, call the FSLH Foundation Office at 315-624-5600.

The local Telethon at the Community Room at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services is part of a national telethon sponsored by the national Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This alliance of premier hospitals for children is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year, 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.

Media Contact: 
Millie Condon
Communications Specialist
315-624-5602
mcondon@mvhealthsystem.org