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Viewers donated thousands to Shriners Hospital during Heroes 4 Kids Telethon

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - KMOV was proud to partner again with Shriners Hospitals for Our Heroes for Kids Telethon on March 31.

In 2015, the telethon raised $31,000 for Shriners. That total was surpassed by noon during the 2016 telethon.

Because of the generous donations, $63,904 was raised that will go directly back into our community.

Every year, thousands of children come from all over the world for world class care at Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis.

John Gloss, Administrator for Shriners Hospitals – St. Louis said, “Last year we treated children from 35 different states. We have an international presence. We have 22 hospitals throughout the U.S. and Montreal and Mexico City.”

The Shriners Hospital in St. Louis focuses on Orthopedics from fitting prosthesis, to more drastic procedures, like spinal correction surgeries. Every dollar donated counts.

Max Montgomery, Public Relations Manager for Shriners Hospitals – St. Louis said, “We will treat the kids regardless of their ability to pay. That combines with transportation, if the kids and their families can’t make it to the hospital, that’s what we have our Shriners for. Transportation is covered, lodging is covered.”

Clayton Miller is a patient and by the time he was 12, Clayton had undergone 86 surgeries on his back to correct Congenital Scoliosis.

Miller’s spine went from a 128 degree angle to just 28 degrees. He says he credits not only his straightened spine, but his life to Shriners Hospital.

“Doctors said I shouldn’t be here now, but with the doctor I had, Dr. Lawrence Lenke, he made me still here. They said I wouldn’t make it past two, but I’m here today,” said Miller.

All of the funds from the March 31 telethon stay in St. Louis, but the hospital is also seeing it as an opportunity to connect with parents or potential patients about their services.

“It also allows us to reach out to more children and really get the visibility in terms of children that really need our help,” said Gloss.

The telethon wrapped up at 7 p.m., but you can still donate by clicking here.

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