LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) - The 2010 Children's Miracle Network Telecast aired Friday night on KPLC-TV. The telecast will also air from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The telecast, which is broadcast live from Ralph Squires Theatre at McNeese State University, benefits the Children's Miracle Network, a nationwide organization that helps provide pediatric medical care services to children in need. CHRISTUS St. Patrick is the organizer of the local telecast.
"We are one of 170 hospitals across the country that broadcast their telecast simultaneously with the Children's Miracle Network at the national level," said CHRISTUS St. Patrick Annual Events Manager Anna Catherine Viator.
Donation pledges will be accepted by telephone during the eight and half hour live broadcast.
"We take donations over the phone; we take donations online and celebrate everything that has been raised by this area, Southwest Louisiana, over the last year," said Kay Bennett, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Director of Development.
The broadcast will feature miracle stories of local children, like Erica Weldon, who is the Southwest Louisiana Children's Miracle Network's 2010 Miracle Kid. Weldon had a severe speech problem during the first few years of her life, but thanks to CMN and CHRISTUS St. Patrick, Erica's speech has improved.
"Children are our future and it's very important to invest in our children through pediatric medical services, equipment, programs that will benefit them and help them in their time of need," said Viator.