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25 Years of Miracles at Sanford Childrens Hospital

Children’s Miracle Network Broadcast to Feature Local Children

Sioux Falls, (SD) — For 25 years, Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital has been providing premier medical care to children in the region. This year’s annual broadcast celebrates those contributions and local “Miracle Children” including one or more from your community.

This year’s broadcast is Sunday, June 6 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. It will be broadcast live on KELO-TV.

Sanford Children’s Hospital joined the Children’s Miracle Network team in 1986. As a Children's Miracle Network hospital, Sanford Children’s Hospital stands dedicated to this ideal that every child is unique, every diagnosis is different and every situation is special. 100 percent of funds raised stay here to help local children.

Broadcast hosts will introduce viewers to the following Miracle Children and their courageous families. 

Name City Age Diagnosis Featured Segment
Izzy Tyrell Chamberlain, SD 10 Yrs  Leukemia 11:30am–12:30pm
Cylie Pastian DeSmet, SD 13 Yrs  Osteosarcoma.
Cancer Survivor
Taylor Tennant Gettysburg, SD 6 Yrs Pneumonia at Birth 10:30-11:00am
Case Brewer Harrisburg, SD 10 mnths,
10 days
Died at 10 months,
10 days old from
Spinal Muscular
Raymond Clark Hartford, SD 9 Yrs Memorial Piece.
Passed away
Nicholas Kappenman Madison, SD 4 Yrs Hystiocytosis 2:30–3:30pm
Susanna Voss Madison, SD 6 Yrs Premature 9:30–10:00am
Chandler Alesch Marcus, IA 14 Yrs High Risk Lukemia
at age 1
Gabby Miller New Underwood, SD 5 yrs Life threatening
Influenza at age 4
Carissa Brandt Pierre, SD 13 Yrs Cancer at 6 months 2:30–3:30 pm
Emma Beyers Roscoe, SD 6 ½ Yrs Type I Diabetes –
Fundraising to find a cure
Alix VanRavenswaay Sioux Center, IA 10 Yrs Survived a Sudden
Cardiac Death Episode
Amanda Alsstot Sioux Falls, SD 14 Yrs Ewings Sarcoma(Cancer) 11:30am–12:30pm
Chloe Goldade Sioux Falls, SD   Hip Dysplasia 1:00-2:00pm
Adam Erickson Sioux Falls, SD 9 Yrs Type 1 Diabetes diagnosed
at 23 months
Emily Gross Sioux Falls, SD 23 Yrs Motor Vehicle Accident
at 17
Alexandra Gregor Sioux Falls, SD   MRSA (Staph Infection) 1:00–2:00pm
 Ashley & Alyssa
Sioux Falls, SD 10 Yrs Twin to Twin Transfusion.
Premature Birth
Olivia & Meredith
Hanson (CMN
Champions for SD)
Watertown, SD 4 & 3 Yrs Pulmonary hypertension,
& Breathing Issues


Miracle Children will also be recognized during the closing ceremony from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

If you would like to connect with a family to feature its inspiring story, please contact Sanford Health Media Relations at (605) 366-2432.

About Sanford Children’s and Sanford Health & MeritCare
Sanford Children’s Hospital is part of the Sanford Health & MeritCare system. Sanford Health & MeritCare consists of two long-standing health systems in the Dakotas who merged in 2009; Sanford Health based in Sioux Falls, SD and MeritCare based in Fargo, ND. The largest rural not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation, Sanford Health & MeritCare serves six states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma). It includes 30 hospitals with a total of 1,600 beds, as well as more than 800 physicians in numerous clinics in more than 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 18,000 employees, Sanford Health & MeritCare is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. For more information, visit