June 23, 2004

Contact: Jennifer Riordan 272-0261 office, 220-0702

Bridgid Isworth, 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Being a patient in the hospital can be difficult for a child. That's why Carl's Jr. restaurants in Albuquerque are helping the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital collect as many new books as possible to help enlighten the stay for sick children at the hospital.

In a promotion to help provide hospitalized children with books and to promote reading to kids, any customer who brings in a new book to a Carl's Jr. restaurant will receive a 10-percent discount off their purchase until June 30.

And, for Albuquerque kids who just can't get enough of books, they are invited to be part of the Carl's Jr. Book Reading. Here, children will get the opportunity to spend time reading in a group and share their passion for reading together. The Book Reading will be held at 1312 Eubank on June 24 at 10 a.m and 2:30 p.m.

During the month of June, Carl's Jr. customers also are asked to dig deep and find an extra dollar to buy a Miracle Balloon to help raise much-needed funds to benefit UNM Children's Hospital. Funds raised from the sale of Miracle Balloons help purchase life-saving medical equipment and support programs that help ease the hospitalization of a child.

For more information on the book reading or the Miracle Balloon program, please contact Sonya Warwick at 277-5683.

UNM Children's Hospital provides the most advanced neonatology and pediatric care available in New Mexico. Each year UNM Children's Hospital cares for more than 57,000 children every year.