Community Rallies Behind Kids During Hospital's 'Miracle Weekend'
June 06, 2001
Thanks to continued strong support from people in our community, Children's Hospital at Strong's annual Miracle Weekend was a terrific success.
As part of the celebration, Children's Hospital at Strong held its 18th annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon June 2 and 3. Televised live from the hospital on 10NBC, it was presented in conjunction with the national broadcast from Florida.
The community again voiced its support for Children's Hospital at Strong in a big way. Miracle Weekend capped off a year in which more than $2.4 million was raised, helping the hospital meet its annual fund-raising goals. That includes more than $70,000 raised during the second annual MIX 100.5 Children's Miracle Network Radiothon, held at the Mall at Greece Ridge Center, and more than $80,000 from the Stroll for Strong Kids. Some 900 people took part in the Stroll, held at Genesee Valley Park.
Miracle Weekend featured the stories of six special children. They are:
- Alani Young, of Henrietta, who underwent a lifesaving liver transplant at Children's Hospital at Strong.
- Austin Lamb, of Ithaca, a baby boy who underwent several lifesaving surgeries to correct birth defects associated with VATER syndrome.
- Sara Minni, of Spencerport, who courageously overcame a brain tumor that was discovered when she was only eight months old.
- Richard Thygesen, of Webster, a 17-year-old involved in a serious dirtbike accident last June. He received last rites before making an incredible recovery.
- Langston McFadden Jr., of Rochester, a 4-year-old who doctors thought wouldn't survive long after birth.
All money raised during Miracle Weekend benefits Children's Hospital at Strong and the children it serves.