In recent weeks, Daniel Hutson has danced at his senior prom and walked across the stage at Sullivan South High School to receive his diploma. These are extraordinary milestones for any high-school senior. For Daniel, they are nothing short of miracles.
Less than a year ago, the 18 year old was involved in a car accident that took the life of a friend and very nearly claimed his life as well. But through his family’s faith, his own perseverance and the expert medical care he received at Holston Valley Medical Center, Daniel is not only alive today but also living life to its fullest.
Daniel is one of the many “miracle kids” whose remarkable stories will be featured during Wellmont Health System’s 2005 Children’s Miracle Network celebration, set to air Saturday, June 4, on WJHL News Channel 11. The 10-hour live event will air from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-midnight.
The broadcast will feature inspiring stories of area children who have beaten the odds, as well as national entertainment, phone-in pledges and educational segments.
“We look at the annual broadcast as a celebration,” said Brenna Gillispie, director of women and children’s giving for the Wellmont Foundation. “We get to meet some of the kids who have benefited from the excellent care enhanced by donations to the Children’s Miracle Network, and we get to share with viewers how they can help, too.”
The Children’s Miracle Network was developed in 1983 to help improve the quality of life of sick children and each year raises millions of dollars for children’s hospitals. CMN represents 170 children’s hospitals around the nation, including Wellmont Health System. CMN is unique in that all money raised locally stays in the local community.
The Wellmont Foundation in 2004 raised $377,000 through corporate donations, telethon pledges and the sale of Children’s Miracle Network paper balloons at stores around the region.