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Ask anyone who's been there - turning 30 is a milestone, a cause for reflection on the journey thus far and an opportunity to map the road ahead to a brighter future.
The 2013 All Children's Hospital Telethon on Sunday, June 2nd marks the 30th time we've taken to the airwaves to raise funds and friends for the region's preeminent children's hospital.
A lot has changed over the years. Early Telethon stars who made their television debut as infants are now grown, some with children of their own. And our St. Petersburg campus is now home to state-of-the art patient care spaces that Telethon dollars helped to build.
Some things - like the clinical expertise and tender loving care that we're known for - thankfully will remain the same.
The road ahead holds opportunities to build upon these strengths. Our integration with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore is already generating collaborative research efforts. Innovative training of tomorrow's physicians in the All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine pediatric residency program begins in 2014. One can only imagine the impact this will have on the children who'll be counting on our care in the future. Making it a reality relies on continued support from Telethon viewers like you.
On Telethon Sunday June 2nd, our WFLA News Channel 8 hosts will bring you the stories of some amazing kids live from All Children's Education and Conference Center. And our TV partner to the south - WXCW/CW-6 in Ft. Myers - will bring stories of All Children's expert care "closer to home" for our viewers and patient families in southwest Florida.
One new twist this year will give WFLA viewers a "sneak peek" of the Telethon on Saturday June 1st from 7- 7:30 PM. Tune in to learn more about the hospital's history and to see some familiar faces - past Telethon stars and former Channel 8 hosts who will be returning for this year's broadcast.
All Children's Hospital was among the first children's hospitals to join Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). This unique network partners TV stations with their local children's hospitals, and then provides them with entertainment segments featuring nationally known talent to help create Telethons with a truly inspired difference. The money raised on each local Telethon stays at that area's local children's hospital.
But the best reason to tune in on June 2nd - and one thing that will never change about our Telethon - is the stars of our show, the incredible kids who benefit from All Children's care. Read about some of them in the following pages.
Your donations have made All Children's what it is today - Florida's referral center for the best in pediatric care, and the first U.S. hospital beyond the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area to attain membership in Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Most importantly - your Telethon donations stay right here, helping All Children's Hospital to reach its potential in partnership with Hopkins. With your help, we'll realize the goal of becoming one of the top academic pediatric medical centers in the nation - if not the world.
And we'll always be YOUR children's hospital, celebrating the miraculous kids we serve right here on Florida's west coast.
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