April 15, 2005

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dora the Explorer from Nickelodeon comes to life at University of New Mexico Children 's Hospital on Friday, April 15, 2005 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. to give many smiles to patients.

UNM Children's Hospital, Comcast and MTV Networks have partnered up to make this day an exciting one for children needing some hope and encouragement.

When Dora the Explorer comes to visit the UNM Children's Hospital she will be taking Polaroid pictures with many of the patients and will provide a picture frame to go with each photo.

Dora will also bring a cake featuring herself as an added secret bonus for the children. "This is an exciting opportunity to have Dora come visit our hospitalized children. Visits by special characters such as Dora help bring smiles and fun to children battling illness and injury of every kind," said Sonya Warwick, Children's Miracle Network Director at UNM Children's Hospital.

Dora the Exploreris the number one preschool show on commercial television and airs at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. weekdays on Nick Jr. and weekends on CBS (check local listings). The show is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora, a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. Dora explores her world just as preschoolers do every day, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.

Nickelodeon, now in its 26thyear, is the number one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 88 million households and has been the number one rated basic cable network for more than nine consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

UNM Children's Hospital serves more than 50,000 New Mexico children every year. The hospital offers the most comprehensive care for children, available in New Mexico , and has the highest level of intensive care for children suffering form an illness or injury. Pediatric physicians specialize in many areas, including pediatric surgery, neonatology, oncology, cardiology, pulmonary and much more.

Children's Miracle Network—the alliance of premier hospitals for children—is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.