Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Children's Miracle Network Readies 20th Annual Broadcast

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Children's Miracle Network Readies 20th Annual Broadcast

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Two decades of dedication by Children's Miracle Network hospitals, sponsors, volunteers and staff will culminate Saturday and Sunday with the 20th annual Celebration Broadcast presented by WJXT TV-4.

Established nationally in 1983, Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 hospitals worldwide that pride themselves on providing care regardless of the extent of medical need or ability to pay.

In Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, 100 percent of funds raised from the area benefit the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital.

The CMN Celebration Broadcast focuses on these basics and all the fund-raising activities throughout the year by recognizing sponsors, sharing how funds are spent and highlighting the driving force behind all CMN does: local kids.

To commemorate this landmark year, viewers will get the opportunity to not only meet new Miracle Children chosen from our area, but also to reunite with families from the past to see how much the little ones have grown.

Some kids will even share the microphone as special guest hosts. Each story told during the telethon has a happy ending, thanks to thousands of donors who contribute to CMN and support these two hospitals.

The following offers a glimpse of the courage and triumphs local children face every day:

MATTHEW AND HEATHER BARTLE, BEACHES/ARLINGTON

Don and Dee Bartle are great supporters of Children's Miracle Network, and it isn't hard to figure out why.

When they decided to start a family, they had no idea they would need the services of Shands Jacksonville to save both of their children.

Matthew was born as what seemed to be a normal healthy boy, until he was 2 months old and doctors detected a heart murmur. After further testing it was discovered he had two holes in his heart that required open-heart surgery.

His heart was repaired, and during his months'-long hospital recovery, Dee discovered she was expecting Heather.

Doctors assured Dee that the possibility of this heart condition occurring in her second child was very rare. …

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