2012 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon Rings in Miracles
This year’s Children Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) Telethon, presented by Tops Friendly Markets and hosted by News 10 NBC on June 3, brought in more than $65,000 in donations to Golisano Children’s Hospital. The telethon featured inspirational interviews with the 2012 Miracle Kids as well as dozens of supporters and grateful families who have been touched by Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Two of the guest co-hosts of the telethon, Jennifer Johnson and Kyle Schuhart, both shared their special connections with the hospital as well as a love for broadcast journalism. Johnson, who is an anchor for 13WHAM News, is the mother of 2012 Miracle Kid Grace Esposito who was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. “Amazing Grace” overcame incredible odds and was even able to join her mother at the telethon. Kyle Schuhart was able to live out his broadcasting dream on screen at the telethon. This courageous 17-year-old was born with cystic fibrosis and hopes to become a sports broadcaster once he finishes school.Â
One of the featured guests was Anders Swanson, who was a Miracle Kid in 2008. Anders and his mother told the audience about his heroic battle with an aggressive brain tumor. Hospital supporters such as our area Walmart and Sam’s Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, and organizers of the Roc City Rib Fest saw that all of their hard work and dedication was well worth it as each Miracle Kid and their families told their stories.
Backstage, hospital staff reunited with past Miracle Kids, and families mingled with countless hospital supporters who donate to the hospital year after year. The night ended with a tremendous total for donations.
Golisano Children’s Hospital would like to thank each Tops Friendly Markets for their generosity as presenting sponsor of this year’s Telethon. Special thanks to every grateful family, generous supporter and community member who helped make this event a success. For more on the 2012 Miracle Kids, please visit www.givetokids.urmc.edu.