All Children’s Hospital Telethon raises nearly $4 mil over weekend

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A tradition of friends and fundraising continued on Sunday with the 31st Annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon.

“Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are” was the theme of the 11 ½ hour live event, which raised $3,926,121 on June 1.

Thousands of donors responded to aid children across the Tampa Bay area, through a live broadcast on WFLA-TV News Channel 8 and on tape from WXCW in the Ft. Myers/Naples area. Donations go directly to fund treatment  at All Children’s, as well as research, education and advocacy initiatives.

Since 2011, the facility in downtown St. Petersburg has been a part of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Health System, becoming the first U.S. hospital outside of Baltimore/Washington D.C. to be a fully-integrated member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which includes both the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

This year’s show highlighted individual patient stories, focusing on cardiology, cancer, neurology and neonatal care services as the only hospital on Florida’s West Coast and one of a handful of hospitals in the state entirely dedicated to children’s care.

Among those stories was Coltin, one of thousands of children saved by All Children’s. At three months old, he developed breathing problems, which his parents first thought was asthma. When traditional asthma treatments did not work, Colton went to a local ER, where doctors discovered it was actually an enlarged heart.

To receive the specialized care he needed, Coltin arrived by medevac at All Children’s Hospital just as he began full congestive heart failure, with his organs beginning to shut down.

All Children’s, as one of the nation’s leading pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery programs — and a member of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute — specialized in just that type of rare heart defect.

Within weeks of his surgery, Coltin was making way to a full recovery.

“As the most advanced children’s hospital on Florida’s West coast and a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, All Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing quality care and improving the health of children,” said Jenine Rabin, Executive Vice President of the All Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We could not impact so many young lives and provide our outstanding care for children without the help of those in the community. We are overwhelmed at the continued support of those in the Tampa Bay region.”

Ever since the first broadcast in 1984, All Children’s Hospital Telethons raised more than $89 million as a part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), an alliance of hospitals specializing in children’s care.

CMNH is a non-profit organization that raises money for 170 North American children’s hospitals, through partnerships with local TV stations.

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