April 15, 1994
Media Contact:Debbie Bangledorf
Phone: (410) 223-1731

Officials at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center are finalizing plans for the llth annual -TV Children's Miracle Network Telethon to air from 9 p.m., June 4, to 6 p.m, June 5.

The Telethon, which airs on NewsChannel 2, caps a year long fund-raising effort and is part of the national telethon for 181 children's hospitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Jamaica. Funded in part by the Osmond Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the Osmond family of entertainers, the national portion of the show airs live from Disneyland.

In Baltimore, NewsChannel 2's Mary Beth Marsden and Stan Stovall will co-host the 21-hour program, which will include appearances by Children's Center ambassadors, staff, patients, parents and more than 1,200 volunteers. Also appearing will be Telethon chairperson Wayne Mosher, Maryland field sales manager for Amoco Oil Co. The broadcasts will be from TV's studios, the Children's Center, and other locations in Baltimore.

This year's Telethon ambassadors are Ashley Wall, 9, and Brian Swatek, 9. Ashley has acute myelocytic leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant from her brother, Jonathan. She had just celebrated a year in remission when her white count climbed high again and her remission ended. At press time, Ashley was back on chemotherapy and her doctor, Marcie Weil, M.D., was considering a second transplant.

Brian had surgery at the Children's Center to remove a benign tumor on his adrenal gland. He sees a multi-specialty team at the Children's Center, including physicians in pediatric dermatology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, genetics, oncology, pediatric surgery and the Wilmer Eye Institute.

"All funds raised locally stay here to help the Children's Center," says Center Director Frank Oski, M.D. "We are grateful to NewsChannel 2 and the community for helping us to support existing programs and to begin new projects for children in Baltimore and our surrounding neighborhoods."

Over the last 11 years, the Telethon has raised more than $11 million to support such Children's Center programs as Child Life, the sleep center, diabetes clinic, family resource library, hospice care, a breastfeeding center, and a home-based dialysis program.

Under the leadership of Joe Lewin, vice president and general manager of TV, the station donates airtime for the Telethon.

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is the children's hospital of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Maryland's only comprehensive acute-care hospital for children, the Center, with its 193-beds and more than 40 divisions and services, treats 7,000 inpatients and more than 90,000 outpatients annually.

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