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Washington Post Continues 60Year Tradition to Help Kids

Monday, November 18, 2013

This week, columnist John Kelly kicked off his annual fundraising campaign for Children’s National. His columns -- featuring children who have received care -- continue a Washington Post tradition that Bill Gold started in 1947, before Bob Levey took over.All donations go to the uncompensated care fund at Children's National, which is used to pay the medical bills of underinsured families. The idea is that no children will be turned away. John's goal is to raise $400,000 by Jan. 10. Thanks to a generous gift from Bill and Joanne Conway, all gifts between now and Dec. 31 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $150,000.The campaign began with the story of Jozlyn Miller, who recently met the donor who provided the bone marrow that cured her sickle cell disease. Read "Bone Marrow Transplant Helps a Virginia Girl with Sickle-Cell Disease Live a Normal Life."Donations can be made at ChildrensNational.org/WashingtonPost or send a check (payable to “Children’s National”) to Washington Post Giving Campaign, c/o Children’s Hospital Foundation, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910.We'll post John's stories here, and you can follow him on Twitter at @JohnKelly.

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