Telethon raises more than $756,000 for Sparrow kids

Published: June 20, 2012

The 2012 Sparrow Children's Center Telethon was a huge success, raising more than $756,000 to benefit the young Patients of the Sparrow Children's Center.

The telethon aired on WILX TV-10 and featured appearances from local leaders, business owners, families and Sparrow Caregivers. Viewers also got to see touching stories about local children who have benefitted from the care they received at Sparrow.

"This is the 24th year for the Sparrow Children's Center Telethon, and each year is better than the year before," said Joy Wiseman, who coordinated the event for the Sparrow Foundation. "Thank you to the community for your generous donations that will help us make miracles happen for our young champions at Sparrow!"

In a first, medals were handed out during this year's Telethon to recognize the bravery of young Patients and their siblings. The medals were donated by Medals4Mettle, an organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers' medals. For more information on the organization, visit

The money raised during the telethon will help fund improvements to the Sparrow Children's Center and ensure the ongoing advancement of medical care for all children in mid-Michigan - regardless of their ability to pay. All of the money raised from the telethon stays local.

For more than a century, Sparrow has been a leader in caring for children. The first hospital in mid-Michigan to offer a dedicated children's unit, Sparrow today is home to the region's only full-service pediatric emergency department. As the region's Children's Miracle Network hospital, Sparrow is able to provide families the most advanced technology and treatment options in pediatric and neonatal care.