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30 Years of Miracles in Maine

Local kids proudly announce the grand total of $542,841 raised at the Children Miracle Network Hospital’s 2015 TelethonBorn as an idea of Marie Osmond and John Schneider in 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada. EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) is proud to be the first CMNH program in Maine, and this summer, it will celebrate 30 years of miracles for local kids.
 
To help mark the milestone, EMHS Foundation CMNH is teaming up with WABI-TV5 to host the thirtieth annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon on Saturday, June 3, from 7 to 11 am. “We’re looking forward to reminiscing, celebrating the miracles, and showcasing EMHS’ incredible pediatric services with live guests and recorded interviews,” shared Kelly Pearson, director of EMHS Foundation CMNH. “It is also an opportunity to say thank you to the people and organizations that very generously help to make miracles happen for children receiving care at EMHS hospitals during the year.”  
 
Gato and his pal Paro are covered in sensors are Acadia Hospital therapy seals designed to simulate a real pet. The seals respond to touch, both positive and negative. They’ll follow voices and react to tone to provide warm interactions with patients.“I see firsthand the difference CMNH funds make in the lives of our patients and their family members,” said Mark Brown, MD, director of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Eastern Maine Medical Center. “For these kids and their families, the funding from CMNH, in many cases, means not needing to travel to Portland, Boston, or beyond. It means care close to home, close to their families and friends. For the care team, the funding allows for the purchase of equipment, therapies, and programs that they would not otherwise be able to buy.”

CMNH funds have also been used to help providers at EMMC Pediatric Cardiology purchase equipment to diagnose congenital heart diseases for outreach clinics in rural Maine. These funds have been used to buy resources from educational programs, such as the Period of Purple Crying DVDs—an educational tool for new parents. The funds are being used to help pay for a central fetal monitoring system in The Birthing Center at Inland Hospital. Acadia Hospital used the money to fund a community garden, robotic therapeutic seals, a new playground, and a pediatric yoga program. 
 
“Every penny raised in central, eastern, and northern Maine stays in Maine,” added Kelly. “The program is anchored by successful fundraising programs at national partners. It is also deeply rooted by signature events, including the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon, the Golf Classic, and newer events, including the University of Maine Miracle Network Dance Marathon and Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon.
 
Be sure to tune to WABI-TV5 on Saturday, June 3, from 7 to 11 am, for the EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon. You can also donate directly or register to tee off for miracles at the Golf Classic on June 16 at the Hermon Meadow Golf Club by visiting https://emhsfoundation.org/cmnh/.