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A premature baby in an isolette in the NICU at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. A premature baby in an isolette in the NICU at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.
CMN purchase live-saving isolettes with money raised during the year. CMN purchase live-saving isolettes with money raised during the year.
For the 20th year celebration, former CMN hosts were invited back. For the 20th year celebration, former CMN hosts were invited back.
Music therapist Richelle Kroening sings to a baby.  Music therapy recently expanded into the NICU with the help of CMN dollars. Music therapist Richelle Kroening sings to a baby. Music therapy recently expanded into the NICU with the help of CMN dollars.

by Pam Warnke

MARSHFIELD (WAOW)-- Children's Miracle Network donates tens of thousands of dollars each year with the goal of helping sick and injured children right here in North Central Wisconsin.

The money goes towards lifesaving medical devices like the isolettes used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and small surgical tools.

CMN also provides phone cards and meal tickets for families who must sometimes stay here weeks, even months.

"CMN has a very huge impact on what happens at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.  They have the unique ability to sort of assess the needs that are unique to children and unique to adolescents that may not be taken care of traditionally by the medical system, " said Dr. Todd Stewart.

CMN also funds unique services like music therapy for families and patients.  It's an instrument used to calm and heal.

CMN funded child life specialists play an important role.  They explain to patients, and many times sibilings, procedures that their love one is going through.

"It takes away a lot of the anxiety on the child's part and helps with parent anxiety as well," said Dr. Stewart.

Fundraisers throughout the year raise money for Children's Miracle network.  Capped by the CMN telethon which raised over 700-thousand dollars in 2008 for the cause.

Online Reporter: Pam Warnke

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