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Lexington Children Serve as Ambassadors of UK Children’s Hospital

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MacKenzie, who is in third grade at J.R. Ewan Elementary School in Lexington, was diagnosed in June 1997 as a 3-year-old. Her white blood cell count was so high she was put in the pediatric intensive care unit and started treatments immediately. She was in the hospital for 22 days that first treatment. After a long treatment period, MacKenzie is in remission.

Madison, who is in kindergarten at Lexington Christian Academy, also was 3 when she was diagnosed. She has eight months of treatment left. Prior to being diagnosed, Madison had been having leg pains. She fell out of bed on Christmas Day. After finding huge hematomas on her spine, her family took her to a hospital emergency room. She was sent to UK Children’s Hospital that day and was admitted. After being diagnosed with leukemia, she started treatments right away.

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June 5, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The friendship of Madison Hines, 6, and MacKenzie Burus, 9, both of Lexington, developed out of a bond most children don’t have to face – cancer.

On Christmas Day 2001, Madison was ready to open presents. Instead, she made a trip to a hospital emergency department. Four years earlier, MacKenzie had a similar situation when her family had to delay a trip to Disney Word. Both girls were diagnosed with leukemia.

Madison and MacKenzie will be two of the children who have survived life-threatening illnesses, injuries or birth defects to be recognized as “champions” during the “2003 Children’s Miracle Network Celebration.”

When MacKenzie found out that her mother’s co-worker’s daughter had the same cancer she had fought, she wanted to make a visit to University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

After MacKenzie told Madison “Everything will be OK,” Madison felt much better, her mother, Jennifer Palmer said.

“Being considered a sick child sometimes sets children apart,” said Judi Martin, child life coordinator, UK Children’s Hospital. “It’s good these girls have each other because they can ask questions like, ’Did this happen to you,’ that they cannot ask other children. They also can talk about their favorite nurses and other similar experiences.”

MacKenzie, who is in third grade at J.R. Ewan Elementary School in Lexington, was diagnosed in June 1997 as a 3-year-old. Her white blood cell count was so high she was put in the pediatric intensive care unit and started treatments immediately. She was in the hospital for 22 days that first treatment. After a long treatment period, MacKenzie is in remission.

Madison, who is in kindergarten at Lexington Christian Academy, also was 3 when she was diagnosed. She has eight months of treatment left. Prior to being diagnosed, Madison had been having leg pains. She fell out of bed on Christmas Day. After finding huge hematomas on her spine, her family took her to a hospital emergency room. She was sent to UK Children’s Hospital that day and was admitted. After being diagnosed with leukemia, she started treatments right away.

The UK Children’s Hospital is the local beneficiary for the 16th year of the annual Children’s Miracle Network campaign to raise money for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.

All proceeds raised from the broadcast stay in Kentucky to benefit the UK Children’s Hospital, the only participating hospital in the state. In the past 16 years, CMN has raised more than $8.5 million for the UK Children’s Hospital. Last year through CMN, Kentuckians gave $1 million to UK Children’s Hospital.

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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