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May 30 10:16 AM

Christus Schumpert telethon, auction to benefit Children’s Miracle Network

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Christus Schumpert is making a transition to its Highland campus, and in the course of the medical center’s spring cleaning, a lot of extra supplies, office equipment and other items will go on the auction block this Sunday.

They are also taking to the airwaves to collect donations from area residents in a telethon airing Sunday, June 1, on KTAL-TV, Channel 6, from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from 3-6 p.m.

The online-only auction, which is being conducted by Lawler Auction Co., ends at the same time as the telethon: 6 p.m. There will be no preview or inspection of items for this particular auction. All previews and inspections must be made from the photographs on the Web site www.lawlerauction. com.

All proceeds from the telethon and the auction will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, which serves the health needs of children.

“Basically, it will be an opportunity for them to see the success stories,” Amy Heron, executive director of the Christus Foundation, said of the telethon. “We will have patients and families and staff from all of our programs coming on. We’re so excited because that just really helps people see every bit of this money that comes in is directly going into those programs. And so a hundred percent of the money stays right here in our community — the perfect gift.

“And so that’s what makes this so cool because this auction is like an auction for a cause.”

The Children’s Miracle Network operates 11 programs locally. “Our vision is to serve children with comprehensive health and wellness programs, and basically, it’s meeting kids where they are,” Heron said.

Those programs include a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for “serving our tiniest babies that are born at one or two pounds. They have specialized doctors, nurses and equipment — the bed simulates a womb for them. That way they can still continue to grow and get healthy with that extra care,” she said.

“We have three school-based health centers, and they’re in very underserved schools in Caddo Parish serving 2,000 children a day, and they’re basically providing their primary care and meeting their needs,” she said.

“We have the Cara Center serving children of suspected abuse and neglect. It’s providing medical examinations for children who have been abused.

And it’s so critical that we have that because, unfortunately, our part of the state ranks highest in the state of child abuse cases. We’re really proud that we can be a part of serving these children and protecting them,” said Heron.

Christus Schumpert became a member of the Children’s Miracle Network in 2012 and is the only one of 170 such hospitals in the United States and Canada in this area.

To make a donation or for more information about the Christus Foundation, call 681- 6781.

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