Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Telethon celebrates its 26th anniversary on air with WBNS10-TV Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1, 2008. All local segments of the Telethon will be broadcast live from Nationwide Children’s Hospital – offering a “behind the scenes” view -- from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Telethon local hosts will be Andrea Cambern, Jerry Revish, Angela Pace, Mike Davis, Heather Pick, Jeff Hogan, Tracy Townsend, and Arica Robbins. All local donations made through the Telethon will benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where more than 700,000 patient visits were recorded last year alone.
National portions of the 2008 CMN Telethon will originate at Walt Disney World in Orlando and will air from midnight to 9 a.m. on Sunday. The Telethon is designed to honor and celebrate the 17 million young patients treated in CMN-affiliated hospitals each year and those who directly or indirectly help sick and injured kids – hospitals, doctors, nurses and other staff members; donors; corporate sponsors and volunteers.
CMN has raised more than $3.2 billion for children’s hospitals since its inception in 1983. Now the largest television fund raiser in the world, 170 children’s hospitals throughout North America benefit from the annual CMN Telethon. Each year, these non-profit hospitals treat all children regardless of ability to pay and provide more than $4 billion in charitable care.
CMN’s hallmark is that 100 percent of locally-generated donations stay in the community in which they were made. More than $8.1 million was donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital through the 2007 CMN Telethon, indicating a deep concern and commitment by Central Ohioans to the health and well-being of children. Visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/telethon to donate online.