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Children's Miracle Network Telethon to benefit Valley children

May 30, 2012
Event staged by Driscoll Children's Hospital will be broadcast June 3 on KGBT

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - After more than 23 years of sharing true-to-life stories of children meeting tremendous challenges with the help of South Texas' finest healthcare professionals, the Children's Miracle Network Telethon staged by Driscoll Children's Hospital is coming again to viewers on KGBT-TV 4 in the Rio Grande Valley.

Months of preparation go into the Children's Miracle Network Telethon every year. Interviews with patients, parents and physicians are recorded and neatly packaged, and the stories are no less than miraculous. KGBT graciously hosts the program at their Harlingen studio and dedicates their time and talent to make it run smoothly. They interview Driscoll physicians, young patients and parents in between recorded stories. Many of Driscoll's patients reside in the Rio Grande Valley and receive treatment and checkups at the hospital's clinics in Harlingen, Brownsville and McAllen.

The telethon shows viewers how a non-profit children's hospital like Driscoll is bringing care and compassion to children in 31 South Texas counties. To meet those needs with new physicians, procedures, equipment and programs, fundraisers such as the Children's Miracle Network Telethon are crucial. And year after year, the community responds. Last year, $750,000 was raised through the telethon in the Rio Grande Valley.

"Driscoll Children's Hospital is thrilled with the generous and loyal support received from so many grateful people and corporations throughout the Rio Grande Valley," said Martha St. Romain, Driscoll vice president of Development. "It shows a commitment by all that the children of South Texas deserve the highest level of quality, specialized healthcare that only Driscoll can provide."


What: Annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital on KGBT-TV 4
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3
Where: KGBT-TV 4, 9201 W. Expressway 83, Harlingen
Information: (361) 694-6401 or click here

La Palmera Mall to host Children's Miracle Network Telethon

May 16, 2012
Event benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital will be broadcast on KIII

CORPUS CHRISTI - For 27 years, Driscoll Children's Hospital and KIII-TV 3 have staged the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, bringing Coastal Bend viewers true-to-life stories of children meeting tremendous challenges with the help of South Texas' finest healthcare professionals. This year, the 28th annual event will be held in the most public of places - center court at La Palmera Mall.

"We are thrilled to be broadcasting LIVE this year from La Palmera Mall!," said Martha St. Romain, Driscoll vice president of Development. "This new venue will allow more visibility for our patients and families sharing their 'miracle stories' of the hope and healing they received at Driscoll Children's Hospital."

Months of fundraising by national sponsors lead up to the telethon every year. Interviews with patients, parents and physicians are recorded and neatly packaged, and the stories are no less than miraculous. KIII will air the stories and also interview Driscoll physicians, patients and parents live at La Palmera.

The broadcast shows viewers how Driscoll Children's Hospital is providing highly specialized, pediatric healthcare services to children in 31 South Texas counties. To meet those needs with new physicians, procedures, equipment and programs, fundraisers such as the Children's Miracle Network Telethon are crucial. And year after year, the community responds. Last year, Children's Miracle Network fundraisers throughout South Texas resulted in donations of more than $2.2 million.

"The community has been tremendously supportive of Driscoll Children's Hospital and we are most grateful to La Palmera Mall and the hardworking staff at KIII to bring the telethon to a public venue where more of the community can take part in the celebration," St. Romain said.

What: 28th annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon benefiting Driscoll Children's Hospital on KIII-TV 3
When: 7 p.m.-midnight June 2; noon-5 p.m. June 3
Where: La Palmera Mall Center Court, 5488 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi
Information/donations: (361) 694-6401 or click here

Aldo Vasquez, 2 year-old from Brownsville, Texas

June 16, 2008
Aldo
Aldo
Aldo's parents were very excited about their first pregnancy but at only three months gestation, birth defects were detected. His parents were referred to pediatric Geneticist, Dr. Raymond Lewandowski and subsequent to a few analyses, Aldo was scheduled to be transferred to DCH immediately after his birth. Diagnosed with Gastroschisis (where his intestines were outside his body) when he was born, the Neonatologists at DCH had to perform a procedure over a period of time to repair a defect in the abdominal wall and prevent infections. Aldo went through many surgeries, procedures, and treatments during his 9 month stay at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Nevertheless, Aldo became one of the most popular kids in the unit for his playful personality and was able to leave the NICU as a healthy child. Today, he continues his follow up visits every three months with Driscoll's Gastroenterologist in the DCH Harlingen clinic, and as a joyful child, Aldo enjoys playing the accordion, guitar, and loves playing soccer.

Sarah, 6-year-old from Petronila, Texas

May 29, 2008
Sarah & Jupiter
Sarah & Jupiter
Sarah was born premature at 4 pounds 12 ounces, and immediately transferred to Driscoll's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During her 42-day stay, she underwent surgery to correct gastroschesis, a condition where part of her intestines were outside her body. Since then, she has also had numerous surgeries to correct her severe club feet.

Andrew, 4 years-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

May 28, 2008
Andrew & Dr Watson
Andrew & Dr Watson
Before birth, Andrew was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The hole in the muscle that separates the chest from the abdominal cavity allowed some of his organs normally found in the abdomen to move up into his chest cavity. Cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Mark Morales and Dr. Mark Bielefield, repaired the hole when Andrew was just 10 days old. Today, Andrew is happy and healthy and loves to eat pizza, his favorite food!

Hayden, 5 year-old from Victoria, Texas

May 28, 2008
Hayden & Stanley
Hayden & Stanley
After a trip to the Emergency Room, surgeon Dr. Stephen Almond diagnosed Hayden with Hirschsprung's disease, a hereditary birth defect where nerve cells in the large intestine wall do not develop. A lack of nerves controlling the muscles that push food and digestive waste through the large intestine can cause part of the colon to die leading to infection and inflammation. After five major surgeries and lengthy stays in Driscoll's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Hayden is now taking life by the horns!

Jon, 1 year-old from Alice, Texas

May 28, 2008
Jon & Chester
Jon & Chester
Carla, a nurse, noticed bruises all over her son, Jon. Pediatric Oncologist Judith Mullins diagnosed the baby with severe aplastic anemia, a rare disorder that occurs when bone marrow stops making enough blood forming stem cells resulting in low red, white, and platelets blood counts. If left untreated, it can rapidly result in death. After undergoing several months of treatment, Jon is now a toddler on the go!

Madilyn, 1 year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

May 28, 2008
Madilyn & Lucky
Madilyn & Lucky
During a fetal echocardiogram, Madilyn's mom found out she had a severe heart defect including holes between her upper and lower chambers. When she was 2-weeks-old, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Mark Morales performed open heart surgery to repair the holes. Although there are additional procedures in her future, she currently enjoys spending time with her big sister.

Jayleen, 2 year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

February 06, 2008
Jayleen
Jayleen
Keep on walking! Jayleen was born with Spina Bifida and had to be transferred to DCH where within an hour, pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Burke, performed a surgery to repair her spine. Her recovery took much specialized care but after 2 weeks she was able to go home to spend time with her family. Subsequently, a couple of weeks later, she came back for a second surgery with Dr. Burke to insert a shunt that would help release her spinal fluid properly in her head as it was accumulating on one side. Her mom believes that taking this early action really made a difference in Jayleen's development. Working vigorously towards her recovery, Jayleen at six months came back for a 3rd surgery, this time with pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Roger Timperlake to repair a clubfoot deformity. She continues to visit her doctors at the Orthopaedics and Neurology clinic and has been doing therapy at home and DCH. Her family feels so grateful for everything Dr. Burke and her other doctors have done because now Jayleen is able to walk without assistance, something that usually isn't anticipated for this diagnosis. Today, Jayleen is enjoying her walks in the park, playing with her toys, and coloring her books.

Rediet, 6-year-old from Laredo, Texas

January 23, 2008
Rediet & Tex
Rediet & Tex
Rediet was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a toddler while living in her home country of Ethiopia. She moved to an orphanage after her biological mother passed away. Pediatric endocrinologists Stephen Ponder and Jennifer Amaral recently prepared her adoptive parents to care for her and her condition. Her new family learned how to administer insulin shots, count carbohydrates, and plan meals. Today, Rediet is an active 6-year-old playing with dolls and coloring.