26th Annual U.Va. Children's Hospital Telethon Set for June 5-6

May 25, 2010 — For more than a quarter-century, the University of Virginia Children's Hospital Telethon has been bringing inspirational and unforgettable stories of children and their families who have received loving care, hope and cutting-edge medicine at U.Va. Children's Hospital. The 26th annual U.Va. Children's Hospital Telethon will air live on WVIR-TV NBC29 on June 5, from 8 to 11:30 p.m., and June 6, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The broadcast, which raises funds to benefit U.Va.'s young patients, will feature stories of courage from children and families who have beaten remarkable odds. The telethon also will highlight advances in pediatric health care, as well as new innovations on the horizon. One story will focus on special MRI goggles that allow kids to watch their favorite movies during MRI exams, thereby helping them to relax.

This year's telethon will be broadcast live from the Claude Moore Medical Education Building, which will open its doors to students this coming fall. Among the distinguished guests who will be on hand to take calls and visit patients are U.Va. football coach and grateful parent Mike London; Miss Virginia, Chinah Helmandollar; and Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris.

This year's telethon will provide money for special programs for children and families, lifesaving pediatric research, and toys and games for young patients. Funds will also support the Barry and Bill Battle Building at U.Va. Children's Hospital, a new outpatient care facility designed especially for children. The Battle Building is scheduled to break ground in 2011.

Before the telethon kicks off, Klöckner-Pentaplast of America will host the 26th annual Walk for Kids. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on June 5, and the three-mile walk begins at The Park (located near the Law School at U.Va.'s North Grounds) at 9 a.m. For information on the walk, and for a pledge sheet, call 434-924-8432 or visit here.

U.Va. Children's Hospital is one of the premier children's hospitals serving the mid-Atlantic region, recording more than 100,000 patient visits annually. Children and families come from across Virginia and neighboring states. For specialty care, they come from across the U.S. and beyond.

The U.Va. Children's Hospital Telethon is part of the nationally broadcast Children's Miracle Network Telethon. Aside from the local segments, viewers also will see national performances from well-known entertainment personalities and celebrities. For information or to make a Telethon gift, call 434-924-8432 or visit here.