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Donors Give More than Ever Before to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network raised $2,317,026 in 2018 and set a record for the fourth year in a row.  Last year’s total was 20 percent higher than in 2017.

The organization helps local kids and their families in several ways.  Family Care Grants provide financial help to families whose children are hospitalized or need specialized therapy.  A Special Needs Fund offers financial assistance with things not covered by private insurance or Medicaid such as wheelchairs, leg braces, prosthetics and travel expenses for out-of-town doctor’s appointments.  CMN also offers education programs on things like car seat, water and bicycle safety.  It operates the mobile health clinic, the C.A.R.E. Mobile.  And it offers school-based telemedicine and CoxHealth’s Child Life Program, a four-person team that helps create a sense of normalcy for kids who are hospitalized. 

According to CMN, CoxHealth covers all of its operating expenses locally, so 100 percent of all gifts and proceeds help area children.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.