Community Encouraged to Participate in Hospital’s ‘Miracle Weekend’

May 19, 2004

Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong is preparing for its annual Miracle Weekend festivities, and community members are encouraged to participate! Miracle Weekend includes the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital, as well as the popular Stroll for Strong Kids.

The 21st annual telethon, to be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 4, and 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 5, will originate from the hospital’s main lobby. The telethon, airing on 10NBC (WHEC), provides a platform for children and their families to share their experiences at Golisano Children’s Hospital, and for viewers to call in pledges.

During this year’s telethon, we expect to hear from children who have overcome extreme prematurity, recovered from potentially fatal infections, triumphed over cancer, and much more. An important fund-raiser, the telethon provides children and their families – who are often joined by special doctors, nurses, and other staff members – an opportunity to share their stories of challenge and triumph.

           

Another staple of Miracle Weekend is the eighth annual Stroll for Strong Kids, a two-mile fund-raising walk held at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. This year’s Stroll, presented JPMorgan Chase, will be held Saturday, June 5, and everyone is invited to take part. Registration and children’s activities start at 9 a.m. Free lunch will be provided by Subway, and Gary the Happy Pirate will provide entertainment.

Stroll participants are asked to collect pledges from friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors. Last year, some 1,300 people raised more than $140,000. For more information about how you or a team of friends, family, or co-workers can get involved in the Stroll for Strong Kids, call 585-273-5948 or visit www.gchas.org.

 Golisano Children’s Hospital is in the midst of a comprehensive fund-raising campaign that will support a five-year strategic plan to bolster the services, research, and facilities that are available to children.

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