Monday, June 07, 2004
Contact: Becky Ceraul, CHKD, (757) 668-8566
CHKD’S TELETHON CELEBRATION EARNS RECORD AMOUNT
NORFOLK, VA -- Sunday, June 6, was a landmark day in the history of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters annual Telethon Celebration. This year’s broadcast raised a record $2,734,133 for the hospital.
Dozens of businesses, organizations and individuals hosted fundraisers throughout the year and presented their donations during the 12-hour broadcast, which aired live from the hospital lobby on WVEC TV Channel 13. Numerous patients and their families shared stories of triumph over devastating illnesses and injuries.
“Children’s Hospital is so grateful to everyone who hosted a fundraiser this year, called in a donation or shared their story with the viewing audience on Telethon day,” said Beth Duke, CHKD’s senior vice president for community relations. “This support is a wonderful demonstration of the community’s investment in CHKD and will help us continue to provide the best medical care to children of all ages.”
Annually, more than 5,900 children from all over Hampton Roads are treated as inpatients at CHKD and nearly 99,000 as outpatients. The hospital's emergency center cares for an additional 43,000 children each year.
The 12-hour broadcast was hosted by WVEC personalities Regina Mobley, David Alan, Joe Flanagan, LaSalle Blanks, Sandra Parker, Craig Moeller, Janet Roach and Kathryn Barrett.
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and provides care to nearly 130,000 children each year as inpatients and outpatients, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. The organization also includes a child care center, Center for Pediatric Research, health education initiatives and a multitude of avenues through which our very generous community provides philanthropic support, including numerous Thrift Store locations.