The votes are in and it’s official: in Lansing, kids matter. The Sparrow Children’s Center
has recently announced it was able to raise $756,000 during the Sparrow Children’s Center Telethon, a number that is notable not only for its size, but for where the money came from.
“There are different sources of the money, and the money that came in from the phones from people in the community was much bigger than we’ve seen before,” says Joy Wiseman, who coordinated the event for the Sparrow Foundation. “The reason I’m most excited it is because of the community support. We’re still in some hard times in the community, and it’s just amazing to see what people will still do to support children.”
The telethon funds will be used to furnish needed equipment, programs and investments that are unique to the Children’s Center. Wiseman explains that unlike medical equipment that can be used on any adult of any size, children’s medical equipment is specialized. One such forthcoming investment is an $80,000 pediatric transport unit to help premature babies be safely transported to Sparrow’s neonatal facilities.
In addition to raising more funds directly from the community than ever before, the Sparrow Children’s Center Telethon marked its 24th year.
“We’re already getting ready to celebrate our 25th year next year,” Wiseman says.