Children's Hospital at Strong Prepares for Annual Telethon Weekend

Local Patients, Families to Share their Stories During June Broadcast

May 27, 1999

Children's Hospital at Strong will host its 16th annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon on June 5 and 6 to raise money for hospitalized children. Televised live from the Children's Hospital pediatric outpatient clinic, the local event is presented in conjunction with the national broadcast from Walt Disney World.

"The telethon offers an opportunity to honor our patients and their families, many of whom will share their stories during the 21-hour broadcast," said Elizabeth McAnarney, M.D., pediatrician-in-chief at Children's Hospital at Strong. "The event also allows Children's Hospital at Strong to raise funds that provide much-needed equipment for hospitalized children, and items that make their stay a little easier."

All donations made during the Children's Miracle Network Telethon remain in the Rochester area to benefit Children's Hospital at Strong, located at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center. The money is used to purchase equipment, such as preemie blood pressure cuffs, and supplies that make hospital stays easier, such as IV pole wagons, videos and games, and sleeper chairs so parents have a comfortable place to rest and can stay with their children 24 hours a day.

The 1999 telethon, scheduled from 9 p.m. June 5 to 6 p.m. June 6, marks the 16th year that WHEC-TV 10 has managed the broadcast, which is hosted by newscasters Rich Funke and Janet Lomax. Children's Hospital at Strong is grateful for the station's invaluable help that has been volunteered unselfishly over the years, McAnarney said.

In addition to appearances by local children and families who have experienced care at Children's Hospital at Strong, the stories of five - the 1999 Miracle Families - will be shared with viewers throughout the broadcast.

They are: 5-year-old Tiffany Ransom of Irondequoit, who underwent a kidney transplant; 5-year-old Timothy Lanio of Greece, who was diagnosed with two brain tumors; 3-year-old Zachary McCarty of Greece, who has undergone extensive heart surgery; 5-month-old Arthur Rolfe Twist of Canandaigua, who was born with a cystic mass on his left lung; and 14-year-old John Clary of Pavilion, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization that began in 1983 as an effort to raise money for hospitalized children. The annual broadcast is the largest television fund-raiser in the world, benefiting 170 children's hospitals.

Donations may be pledged by calling 241-KIDS anytime during the telethon broadcast, or during regular business hours by calling Children's Hospital at Strong at 273-5948.

In addition to the telethon, Children's Hospital at Strong will host the "Stroll for Strong Kids" at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, in Genesee Valley Park, located at Elmwood and Plymouth avenues. Pledges collected for the two-mile walk benefit the hospital.

Sandy Strong Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6, in the Strong Memorial cafeteria, 601 Elmwood Ave. Families can enjoy a day of crafts, games and visits by costumed characters, as well as a dunking booth featuring Children's Hospital at Strong doctors. The event is free and parking is available at no charge in the ramp garage.

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