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Barbourville Boy Featured on Children’s Miracle Network Broadcast

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“Champion” is an appropriate term for Derek, who pursues life to the fullest, even with a chronic condition. When Derek was a baby, he was sicker than other babies, said his mother, Teresa. After many tests, it was found that Derek’s immune system was weak. Since Derek was 2 years old, he has received monthly anti-body replacement therapy to help fight off infections.

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June 5, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Derek McClellan, 10, son of Teresa and Dana McClellan, of Barbourville, will be featured as a “champion” during the “2003 Children’s Miracle Network Celebration” June 6-8.

“Champion” is an appropriate term for Derek, who pursues life to the fullest, even with a chronic condition. When Derek was a baby, he was sicker than other babies, said his mother, Teresa. After many tests, it was found that Derek’s immune system was weak. Since Derek was 2 years old, he has received monthly anti-body replacement therapy to help fight off infections.

This past year, Derek’s family decided to home-school him to try to decrease the number of days he’s sick. On average, he missed 35 days of school each year when attending public school.

“If Derek gets sick, it’s harder for him to get over it,” Teresa said. “He also tires more easily than other children his age.”

But because Derek misses his friends, he will go back to public school next year.

Derek and other children will be recognized as “champions” during the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration, which will be broadcast June 6-8 from Fayette Mall in Lexington on WKYT-TV, channel 27 (Lexington), and WYMT-TV, channel 57 (Hazard). Co-hosts are Barbara Bailey and Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV and Neil Middleton of WYMT-TV.

During the broadcast, the program will feature and celebrate the triumphs of UK’s young patients and the health issues they are facing. The annual program will not only recognize the children as champions, but also the many people who champion children, such as families, health professionals, individuals, volunteers and donors.

The Celebration will be broadcast from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 6; from noon
to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7; and from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, the public is invited to bring their children to Fayette Mall to participate in the Kid’s Health and Safety Fest, a collection of free fun activities hosted by UK Children’s Hospital.

During televised hours of the Celebration, call (859) 272-2220 or toll-free (800) 474-4132 to make a donation. To make a donation before or after the Celebration is being broadcast, or to receive more information about the Children’s Miracle Network, call (859) 257-1121. Or donate now by clicking here.


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