Today is the day. Just a $5 donation could change the entire mood of a visit during a super stressful time. It's the One Call One Miracle Radiothon supporting Virginia Mason Memorials Memorial Foundation, NICU, the Pediatrics' Unit and Children's Village. We are blessed that because of these services the Yakima Valley and surrounding areas aren't having to drive hours over the pass to Seattle or visit Spokane for a check-up, they can stay right here. They can book follow-up appointments without the needing to book a hotel or having to schedule days off of work.

15% of babies in the area are in need of these services right off the jump, what a stressful way to bring a baby into the world but thankfully because of the dedication, the education and the care that Yakamaniacs have for giving back, the unexpected operations and life altering decisions are covered.

To put it lightly 32 million patients visits are provided for 10 million kids every year by CMN Hospitals and there are only three in WA state: Seattle Children's, Virginia Mason Memorial and Sacred Heart Children's.

How can you donate?

Call the Academy Mortgage  Phone Bank 509-966-3747

Donate online at memfound.org

Make a one time gift or even set-up a reoccurring gift of $20 or more and become a monthly Miracle Maker where your name will be listed outside of the Memorial Café at the hospital

Just $25 helps provide a notebook to parents participating in the Holland Support Group, helping parents feel part of instead of alone

$50 provides child proof locks for safety in home settings.

You just don't think about these things until it happens to you or someone you love. Today is the day to make a difference and every dollar raised stays right here in the Yakima Valley.

Make a difference because these kids just can't wait.

Breaking news, I just heard that Kings Row in Selah will donate $1 from every special purchased from noon today now until Monday at noon to Children's Miracle Network. I now have a hankering for a burger!

John Riggs, Townsquare Media