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Making Miracles Happen

2017 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Program Partners, Events and Radiothons


Entercom Communications’ Mega 101 Radiothon

Lorena Macarena, Sarah Munoz, Gerry Fernandez, Tony Luna Dennis “Lino” Avila of Mega 101 and Hugo Garza of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Entercom Communications Spanish Contemporary station, Mega 101, hosted its seventh annual Radiothon on December 7 and 8. Thanks to the station’s listeners and Texas Children’s supporters, it was another great year for this special event. More than 1,460 donors in our community contributed over $400,000 to support Texas Children’s Hospital and the patients and families we serve.

Powered by “Mega en Tus Mañanas” morning show hosts Gerry Fernandez, Cindy Burbano and Valentin Gallegos — as well as afternoon hosts Liz Arreola and Lorena Macarena — the two-day event was broadcast live from the station’s studio and included inspiring stories from Texas Children’s patients.

One story they told was of a 13-month-old toddler named Aaron, of Florida. When his eyes started moving uncontrollably and rolling backward and his body became so weak that he couldn’t walk, crawl or sit on his own anymore, his mother, Janette, was frightened. Doctors in Florida said Aaron had strep throat, but Jeanette knew it was something more serious. She decided to bring him to Houston to be seen at Texas Children’s.

“They did an MRI and CT scan to find out exactly what he had. He was diagnosed with a non-aggressive neuroblastoma,” Jeanette said. “His doctors really took the time to sit with me and explain exactly what he had. Even though he has cancer, I feel peaceful knowing that he’s also getting the best treatment possible.”

Now, with some physical and occupational therapy, Aaron has regained his strength and can sit up and walk around. The family decided to move to Houston so that Aaron could continue receiving treatment if needed.

Over the past seven years, Mega 101 has raised more than $2.8 million for Texas Children’s.

“Mega 101 is an integral part of the local Hispanic community, and we were thrilled to host this fundraiser again and bring our listeners together to benefit Texas Children’s Hospital,” said Sarah Frazier, Entercom Houston’s senior vice president and market manager. “The Radiothon is our way of giving back to our local community, and we’re proud to help the families that depend on these services to improve their quality of life.”

Cox Media Group Houston Radiothon

Cox Media Group Houston’s three radio stations — The New 93Q, Country Legends, and The Eagle — put a little spin on their 14th Radiothon event. Historically, it has been a two-day event, but last year, it ran through the entire month of December and raised more than $420,000.

“Our listeners demonstrated that they have the biggest hearts in the world,” said Director of Operations Johnny Chiang. “After all they’ve done to help rebuild Houston after Hurricane Harvey, they stepped up once again and opened their hearts and wallets to help all those in need at Texas Children’s Hospital.”

Each station featured a “Hero of the Day” segment that focused on stories of 15 Texas Children’s patients, including Ella and Jackson.

Ella was born with gastroschisis, a condition in which the abdominal wall does not fully form and the intestines grow outside the body. She spent three months in the neonatal intensive care unit. She is seven years old now, and though she still undergoes rehabilitation, her positive attitude is unfailing and inspires everyone around her.

Jackson was diagnosed with congenital hyperinsulinism (HI), a rare condition that causes abnormally high levels of insulin and low blood sugar, and affects 1 in 25,000 to 50,000 babies worldwide. Only four hospitals in the U.S. treat HI, and Texas Children’s is one of them.


Ace Hardware

In the past, Houston Ace Hardware retailers have competed with Chicago Ace retailers to see which group could raise the most money for their local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital. Houston retailers have always won — until this year when two of Ace’s major fundraising events were cancelled because of Hurricane Harvey. Yet, instead of reveling in their win, Chicago retailers came to Houston to present a check for $15,000 to Texas Children’s in honor of the Houston group. While in town, the group spent a day touring the hospital at the Texas Medical Center campus and were deeply affected by the patients they saw and the care they are receiving. Additionally, Denver Ace retailers gave an additional $5,000.

Costco Wholesale

Costco Wholesale has been a proud partner of CMN Hospitals since 1988. Nationwide, over 600 locations participate in a fundraising campaign for their local CMN Hospitals. Eight locations in Houston raised $233,438 for Texas Children’s in 2017. In addition to their financial contribution, immediately following Hurricane Harvey, Costco made a significant in-kind donation to the hospital, including diapers, baby food, baby formula, clothes and snacks for patient families and employees

Love’s Travel Stops/Musket Corporation

Approximately 350 sponsors enjoyed an afternoon of golf and networking at Topgolf for Musket Corporation’s fifth annual Drive for a Child. Musket is a subsidiary of Love’s Travel Stops, a CMN Hospitals national partner. The recent event raised over $310,000, bringing the total amount raised over the past five years to more than $1.1 million.

Corner Store

Corner Store customers and team members gave back to local kids treated at Texas Children’s during their 23rd annual Miracle Balloon campaign. Customers were able to purchase $1 or $4 Miracle Balloons or a glow bracelet, or they could donate change at the register. Houston Corner Store locations raised more than $249,000 in 2017.


In 2000, Stripes became a partner of CMN Hospitals. Donations through in-store Miracle Balloon fundraising campaigns helped raise more than $1.6 million for CMN Hospitals around the country. In Houston, Stripes raised over $113,800. As is the case with all in-store CMN Hospital fundraisers, 100 percent of the funds raised benefited the community in which they were raised.

Panda Express

Established in 1999, Panda Cares is the philanthropic branch of Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., which owns Panda Express. They have been a proud fundraising partner since 2007, and in 2017, they raised over $279,605 for Texas Children’s. In addition, Panda Express donated more than 200 meals to Texas Children’s patient families and staff members in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Walmart & Sam’s Club

In 2017, Walmart & Sam’s Club celebrated their 30-year anniversary as a CMN Hospitals partner. Their six-week Miracle Balloon campaign last September raised $509,346, and the passion of Walmart continues to shine as they work to help sick children at Texas Children’s. The Walmart Foundation also supported Texas Children’s immediately following Hurricane Harvey by providing a $500,000 grant for Harvey Relief.

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