Miracle Weekend is a Smashing Success

Community support continues to grow for Children's Hospital at Strong

June 06, 2000

As part of its Miracle Weekend celebration, Children's Hospital at Strong hosted its 17th annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon June 3 and 4. Televised live on 10NBC from the hospital's pediatric outpatient clinic, it was presented in conjunction with the national broadcast from Walt Disney World.

The community again voiced its support for Children's Hospital at Strong in a big way. The telethon capped off a year in which more than $2 million was raised. That includes more than $105,000 from the first-ever MIX 100.5 Children's Miracle Network Radiothon and more than $65,000 from the Stroll for Strong Kids. Some 850 people took part in the Stroll.

Miracle Weekend featured the stories of six special children. They are:

  • Daniel Forstadt, of Clarence, who underwent a life-saving liver transplant at Children's Hospital at Strong after being rushed here from the Buffalo area.
  • Bryan Diesenberg, of Ontario, a delightful young boy who is facing the challenges of cystic fibrosis head-on.
  • Megan Whitney, of Rochester, who nearly died of complications from asthma, but is now flourishing with a new lease on life.
  • Tony Wagner, of Chili, who has rebounded from a life-threatening battle with leukemia, thanks in large part to the support of his mom and dad.
  • Isaac Stephan, of Phelps, who has diabetes, but still excels at work and at home, and is taking part in a national study on inhaled insulin.
  • Arthur Twist, of Canandaigua, who spent 31 days at Children's Hospital at Strong immediately after birth, but is now healthy and happy.

All money raised during Miracle Weekend benefits Children's Hospital at Strong and the children it serves.

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