The 33rd annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefitting Penn State Children’s Hospital will air Monday, June 5 from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on WGAL-TV 8. For the first time, the telethon will be broadcast from the Children’s Hospital (1st floor, Treehouse Café).
Telethon segments highlighting stories of children who have received life-saving care at the Children’s Hospital will air throughout WGAL’s regular programming from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The telethon will be featured during WGAL’s News 8 at 6 p.m. followed by a live finale from 7 to 8 p.m. The children who will be featured include:
- Six-year-old Scarlett McCarthy of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, who designed this year’s telethon T-shirt. Scarlett was born at 26 weeks gestation due to twin-to-twin transfusion, which was causing her heart to fail. She went home after four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Penn State Children’s Hospital. However, she needed additional care, including physical therapy to learn how to walk – but now she’s dancing, and looks forward to being a ballet dancer when she grows up. View a video about Scarlett.
- Eight-year-old Savannah Hester of Hummelstown, Dauphin County, who receives treatment at Penn State Children’s Hospital for gastroparesis, a condition that does not allow the stomach to empty.
- Sixteen-year-old Hailey Kehoe of Red Lion, York County, who was flown by Life Lion to Penn State Children’s Hospital after she suffered a brain hemorrhage. View a video about Hailey.
EDITORS: Download high-resolution photos of Scarlett, Savannah and Hailey here.
Telethon viewers will be encouraged to make a donation by calling 1-877-543-7365 or visiting WGAL.com or CMNHershey.org. Gifts will support life-saving equipment, family-centered programs and transformative research at the Children’s Hospital. At the conclusion of the telethon, Children’s Miracle Network will announce the total money raised for the 2016-2017 fundraising year.
“We are so excited to host the telethon at our hospital where miracles happen every day,” said Danielle Sunday, director of Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital. “By supporting the telethon, you can give children the chance to grow up and live their dreams. We invite you to share your own miracle stories on social media with the hashtag #GiftofGrowingUp.”
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