Teaming Up Together
Eyewitness News has teamed with Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger to help make miracles happen for ill and injured children in our region.
Thanks to our generous viewers and Children’s Miracle Network supporters, more than $59 million has been raised for pediatric equipment, programs and services throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
Each spring, we proudly bring you our celebration broadcast, where donors are recognized and viewers have the opportunity to meet “miracle kids” – kids from your communities who have battled through serious medical issues, often with incredible and astounding results.
Tune in to the annual celebration broadcast – hosted by your favorite Eyewitness News personalities - on WYOU on Saturday, June 3rd from 9pm-12am and Sunday, June 4th from 7am-6pm to learn more about this cause or visit www.geisinger.org/sites/cmn.
Together, we can help make miracles happen every day.
Children's Miracle Network at Geisinger
Donate online today.
Children's Miracle Network at Geisinger makes miracles happen every day at Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and more than 40 medical groups and outreach clinics. Funds raised provide the latest technology, allow children to attend specialized summer camps, bring health education to the community, and much more. With your help, we can continue these efforts. For more information, call 1-800-322-5437 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many ways you can put your money where the miracles are. Here are a few:
- Make a donation online or send a mail-in donation form
- Honor someone special with a tribute gift
- Discuss local corporate sponsorship at your business in Altoona or Danville/Wilkes-Barre.
- Volunteer for events in your area by calling 800-322-5437
- Attend one of our fundraising events
- Coordinate fundraising events at school or in your community group or at work
- Distribute Children's Miracle Network materials in your area
For more information call the Children's Miracle Network office in Danville at 570-271-6188 or 800-322-KIDS FREE or in Altoona at 814-943-8887 or 800-451-KIDS FREE, or send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!
Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital
Every child is special.
For the full range of your child’s care - from before birth and up to adulthood - we offer an extraordinary devotion to children. And an extraordinary range of expert medical care.
Our physicians bring expertise in over 40 children's specialties and subspecialties. Our staff devote their time and training to advancements in care for the most fragile of infants and for the toughest of teens. And from bright decorations to child-sized equipment, we’ve designed our hospital around your child's needs.
Medical expertise. Advanced treatments. Extraordinary dedication. We bring all this into your community and throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
Emma Shaffer, 10, of Bloomsburg, was born with CHARGE syndrome, which is a cluster of congenital defects affecting the heart, ears, eyes, nasal passages and more. Emma required multidisciplinary care and several surgeries to repair her heart defects. She had several long hospital stays for complex procedures, with serious complications that became life-or-death battles. Thanks to her amazing family and innovative procedures, Emma is doing very well and her hearing has improved greatly.
State-of-the-art machines used to test Emma’s heart function were provided by donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger. Donations were also used in the creation of the pediatric catheterization lab at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, where Emma was routinely examined.
When Lincoln Brunn of Dallas was 4 months old, his parents noticed a drastic change in his feeding. They took him to the local pediatrician, who diagnosed him with congestion and slight dehydration. A few days later, Lincoln’s symptoms worsened. He was unable to swallow and his body was becoming limp, like a dish towel. Specialists from pediatric neurology and infectious diseases at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital put Lincoln through several tests before determining he was suffering from infantile botulism. A dose of a special antitoxin, ordered rapidly from California, almost immediately alleviated his symptoms.
Comfort items in the inpatient rooms, such as recliners and sofa beds that were provided by donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger allowed Lincoln’s parents to stay in the room with him during his treatment.
The Goodman quadruplets of Vestal, N.Y., were born at 25 weeks — each weighing under 2 pounds. The chances of survival for babies born this early are 50/50, but the Goodmans put those odds to the test. Each child needed specialized treatment and care to survive and were dependent on ventilators for the first weeks of life. They each had individual struggles and required more than four months of care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. The firstborn sibling, Sophia, passed away after two months. With strong family support, Clark, Grace and Reece are now healthy and thriving 11-year-olds.Donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger are routinely used to provide upgrades of the lifesaving equipment used in the NICU for children like the Goodmans.
Kieran Clare, 9, of East Stroudsburg, was born with cerebral palsy with spastic diplegia, which affected his legs and arms, making them very stiff. The stiffness left him unable to walk without assistance from a large walking frame. He spent most of his young life pulling himself in a commando crawl. His mother constantly worked to stretch his legs and researched ways to help Kieran. She learned about a procedure called a dorsal rhizotomy, and discovered that a surgeon at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital could perform it. At age 7, Kieran underwent the procedure and is now able to walk with only the help of leg braces and the occasional assistance of a cane. The Child Life Department receives funding from donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger. Child Life helped Kieran with distractions and kept him comfortable during his stay in the hospital by providing activities, video games and other things to keep him busy.
When Will Barrick of Lewisburg was 7 years old, he developed an earache that got increasingly worse. Trips to his pediatrician and local specialists showed no problems with his ear. He was referred to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital for more testing. An MRI showed a large tumor in Will’s head in close proximity to his eye, nose and ear. It was thought to be a slow-growing cancer called lymphoblastic lymphoma, but less than a week later his pain increased and his eye turned inward toward his nose. Further testing of the original biopsy revealed that it was Burkitt’s lymphoma, the fastest-growing cancer. A new, more intensive treatment plan was implemented. Following just two rounds of chemotherapy, the tumor had shrunk by 90 percent. Will finished treatment and is now cancer-free. Now 11, Will is a regular participant in Camp Dost, a program of the Ronald McDonald House® of Danville. Camp Dost, which is supported by donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, allows kids with cancer and kids in remission to spend time together in a special camping experience.