Fourth Annual Miles for Miracles Brings Thousands Together in Support of Children’s Hospital Boston

2,400 Walkers Hit the Charles Raising Money for Life-Saving Care for Kids

BOSTON (June 11, 2006) - Thousands of people touched by Children's Hospital Boston gathered for a scenic stroll along the Charles River on June 11 at Miles for Miracles. The hospital's fourth annual pledge walk joined patients, families, friends and hospital staff together for a great cause-life-saving care for kids throughout New England and around the world.

CBS4 news anchor Lisa Hughes and WBZ-AM's Anthony Silva were joined by the Boston Celtics Tony Allen, Dwayne Jones and Delonte West and Managing Partner and Governor Wyc Grousbeck for the opening ceremonies, as they sent walkers off down the Esplanade on the 7- and 2-mile pledge walks. Each participant pledged to raise a minimum of $100 for the hospital.

"It's inspiring to see the extraordinary support from patient families and friends, hospital staff and the community at Miles for Miracles," said James Mandell, MD, president and CEO of Children's Hospital Boston. "Through the generous donations of walkers, Children's is able to strengthen its care for our young patients and their families and pursue research discoveries that will change children's lives around the world."

In three years, Miles for Miracles has raised more than $1.5 million for Children's Hospital. This year, $680,000 has been raised to date with money still pouring in. Funds from the walk support patient care, medical research, recruitment and training, and community health initiatives.

Miles for Miracles is made possible through the generous contributions of sponsors: Credit Unions of Massachusetts, Kohl's, Aquafina, Stride Rite, WBZ Newsradio 1030, CBS4, The Improper Bostonian, The Allied Group and CambridgeSide Galleria

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