With Mark Dantonio Leading the Way, the Sparrow CMN Telethon Exceeds Goal

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With Mark Dantonio in his first year as honorary chairman of the Children’s Miracle Network at the Sparrow Regional Children’s Center, last weekend’s CMN Telethon raised $852,064.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The 21st annual Sparrow Children’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 Children’s Center each year.

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio kicked off his first year as the honorary chairman of the Children’s Miracle Network at the Sparrow Regional Children’s Center by serving as one of the on-air hosts for the CMN Telethon, televised locally by WILX-TV. In Dantonio’s first hour on the air, the CMN Telethon produced $140,974.

“Mark 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,” Sparrow Foundation President Mike Wall said. “We deeply value our special relationship with Michigan State University , and we view Coach Dantonio as one of the captains on our team.

“We’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.”

“This is a very worthwhile project and my wife Becky and I are thrilled to be involved,” Coach Dantonio said. “I’ve been involved in the Children’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.

“This project isn’t simply about raising money; it’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.

“As the football coach at Michigan State University, there’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.”

The Sparrow Regional Children’s Center has been affiliated with CMN since 1988. CMN funds help to expand Sparrow’s facilities, conduct important research, purchase equipment and sponsor community health and wellness programs. CMN-affiliated hospitals treat all children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay for the medical care.