We had our annual Children's Miracle Network radiothon Friday (Oct. 18) and it was a day I don't think I will ever forget! So much led up to get there! We had interviews that had to be done, a softball tournament to held and countless hours of preparation.

It started out bright (well, actually dark) and early as we showed up at Children's Village around 5 a.m. The stage had to be set -- aka our on-the-road studio needed to be put together. We chose a spot next to the windows with some comfy soft chairs where we could look outside and see the faces coming and going to help with the radiothon.

We were as prepared as we could be, thanks to the help of Josh at CMN, who made the most detailed and organized binder for us to reference, complete with sponsors, information on our miracle kids and their families, and what resources they use at the village.

Interviewees came and went, telling their stories of how Children's Village or Virginia Mason Memorial's NICU and ped units at the hospital helped their families in a time of need. Tears were shed, laughs were had, and we saw bundles of cash come in jars and big checks being written.

At the end of the day, we raised a record amount of donations: $46,800. That is truly an overwhelming amount of money. I have never been more proud of my community than I was yesterday. We really banded together and gave to those who truly need it -- little ones who need the care only places like the NICU, peds and Children's Village can give.

THANKS, YAKIMA!!

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