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38th Children’s Miracle Network Telethon raises $366,819

The 38th annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Telethon raised $366,819 to benefit equipment, programs and research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. The event aired June 6 through 9 on WGAL8.

“We truly appreciate all those who chose to donate to CMN,” said Valerie Hester, whose children, Xander and Savannah, were featured in the broadcast. The Hester siblings receive care for severe gastrointestinal issues and other conditions. The funds raised from this year’s telethon will support child life, care and research for patients like the Hester siblings.

Learn more here about the Hester siblings and other children who were featured in the telethon.

Gifts to the telethon were raised through a pre-event mailing, Miracle Family fundraising, online donations and support from sponsors including the presenting sponsor, The GIANT Company, and Johnson Controls, The Hershey Company, Highmark, Vizo Financial, GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, Donegal Insurance Group, Shollenberger, Januzzi, & Wolfe, LLP, PSECU, The McClure Company and Universal Media-Analytics.

“We are beyond grateful for our incredible sponsors, generous donors inspiring Miracle Families and WGAL8 for making our 38th annual telethon another memorable event,” said Katie Anderson, director of Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health. “Together, we give kids the Gift of Growing Up.”

About Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit organization that has affiliations with 170 children’s hospitals including Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Gifts raised locally through Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) fund equipment, patient programs and pediatric research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, which is the only children’s hospital between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia fully equipped to treat the most severely ill children of central Pennsylvania. CMN’s mission to save kids’ lives and improve their quality of care is part of “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” a fundraising campaign focused on three key imperatives: Open Doors, Create Transformative Experiences and Impact the World. Learn more at

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