Upcoming radio, television broadcasts benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

     This weekend, residents of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will have a chance to improve the health and lives of their communities’ youngest members.

     On Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., WXBQ and Electric 94.9 will team to host the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals radiothon, broadcast live from Bristol Regional Medical Center. Then, on Sunday, June 2, WJHL’s annual Children’s Miracle Network celebration will air from 6-7 p.m. and 8-11 p.m.

     The broadcasts will feature testimonials from recipients of Children’s Miracle Network grants and services. Children who have been born prematurely, sustained critical injuries or fallen seriously ill will present their stories of strength and survival.

     Each child received treatment from Wellmont Health System, which has been the region’s Children’s Miracle Network affiliate for more than 25 years. All money raised in this area is used by the health system to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for its pediatric departments, neonatal intensive care unit and emergency departments and to fund community partnerships that advance children’s health.

     During the programs, viewers and listeners can call the stations to make pledges, which will then be tallied by station personnel and Wellmont volunteers.

     “We can’t thank our Children’s Miracle Network media partners enough for making these events happen,” said Todd Norris, Wellmont’s senior vice president of system advancement. “The radiothon and televised celebration are two of our favorite events because they let the community see and hear what’s happening in our hospitals and how children’s lives are affected.”

     This year’s miracle families will also pay a visit to the telecast. These families will continue to speak about the benefit of Children’s Miracle Network throughout the year at local events and organizations. They are:

  • Dillon Hensley, 17, son of Michelle Hensley, Duffield, Va.
  • Jordan Miller, 3, daughter of Phyllis Turner, Bristol
  • Carter Moore, 13 months, son of Kelsey and Andrew Moore, Tazewell, Va.
  • Hunter Parsons, 11, son of Amy Parsons, Duffield, Va.

     Each of these children received life-saving intervention and care as a result of Children’s Miracle Network funds, which were raised during events such as the radiothon and telecast.

     “Our patients, their families and Wellmont truly appreciate each and every donor who gives during these Children’s Miracle Network events. They’re making a remarkable, positive difference for our children and our community,” Norris said. “We also thank WJHL, WXBQ and Electric 94.9, which are informing viewers of the excellent care available to children at Wellmont hospitals and helping ensure a bright future for those patients.”

     Following are summaries about this year’s miracle families and the compassionate care they received from Wellmont through the gracious assistance of the Children’s Miracle Network.

  • Seventeen-year-old Dillon Hensley developed a blister on his hand, which doctors originally believed was cellulitis. Following a visit with an orthopedic surgeon, Dillon had four surgeries over the next three days, as doctors tried to eliminate the infection, which turned out to be a severe strain of staph. After his treatment was complete, Dillon worked with Wellmont’s therapists to regain 90 percent of his hand’s functionality.
  • For 3-year-old Jordan Miller, every day is progress. Jordan was born three months early and suffered from a lack of oxygen at birth. Born at Bristol Regional Medical Center, she was immediately transported to the neonatal intensive care unit at Holston Valley Medical Center to receive special care for more than a month. She was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and now receives weekly physical, occupational and speech therapy at Bristol Regional. She is a happy, thriving little girl who enjoys reading, coloring with her big sister and doing anything that involves princesses.  
  • Carter Moore was born at just 26 weeks gestation and had problems with his lung development, requiring him to stay in Holston Valley’s NICU on a ventilator, C-PAP machine and feeding tube for quite some time. He experienced ups and downs during his stay, but grew stronger every day. He turned 1 year old in April, and continues to grow and thrive.
  • Hunter Parsons was a typical 11-year-old boy, until he woke up one morning with a headache that lasted several days. Following a visit with an ear, nose and throat physician, Hunter was sent for emergency surgery at Holston Valley, where doctors found out his sinus cavity was completely blocked. The infection from his sinus cavity had then leaked into his spinal fluid, and Hunter developed bacterial meningitis. He was admitted to Holston Valley and stayed there for six days, battling the infection and undergoing surgery on his sinuses. His family now credits the hospital staff’s attention to detail and high-quality care with saving his life.  

     Pledges to Children’s Miracle Network can be made at any time by visiting www.wellmont.org and clicking the “giving” link at the bottom of the page. More information is also available at www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.

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