With Mark Dantonio in his first year as honorary chairman of the Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network at the Sparrow Regional Childrenâ€™s Center, last weekendâ€™s CMN Telethon raised $852,064.
EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ The 21st annual Sparrow Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Telethon, conducted May 29-30, raised $852,064, according to Sparrow Foundation Director of Major Gifts Joy Wiseman. All donations made in the Mid-Michigan area stay in the community to help local kids, and more than 10,000 children visit the Sparrow Regional Childrenâ€™s Center each year.
Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio kicked off his first year as the honorary chairman of the Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network at the Sparrow Regional Childrenâ€™s Center by serving as one of the on-air hosts for the CMN Telethon, televised locally by WILX-TV. In Dantonioâ€™s first hour on the air, the CMN Telethon produced $140,974.
â€œMark Dantonio is building a championship football program at Michigan State and similar things are happening here at Sparrow, as we attempt to enhance the level of health care provided to the residents of Mid-Michigan,â€ Sparrow Foundation President Mike Wall said. â€œWe deeply value our special relationship with Michigan State University , and we view Coach Dantonio as one of the captains on our team.
â€œWeâ€™re pleased to announce that not only did we exceed our financial goal for the telethon, but we experienced a 7 percent increase in the number of donors this year. Given the state of the economy, those are fabulous results.â€
â€œThis is a very worthwhile project and my wife Becky and I are thrilled to be involved,â€ Coach Dantonio said. â€œIâ€™ve been involved in the Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network for three years, but this is my first year as the honorary chairman. The CMN Telethon is about the people in Mid-Michigan contributing to help children in our area.
â€œThis project isnâ€™t simply about raising money; itâ€™s also about recruiting sub-specialty surgeons. Like a football coach recruiting playmakers, the administrators here at the Sparrow Foundation are looking for difference-makers in our community.
â€œAs the football coach at Michigan State University, thereâ€™s a window of opportunity for me and my wife to have a positive impact in this community and hopefully through our efforts, we can help make the world a little better.â€
The Sparrow Regional Childrenâ€™s Center has been affiliated with CMN since 1988. CMN funds help to expand Sparrowâ€™s facilities, conduct important research, purchase equipment and sponsor community health and wellness programs. CMN-affiliated hospitals treat all children, regardless of their parentsâ€™ ability to pay for the medical care.