June 24, 2004

Contacts: Jennifer Riordan, Media Relations Manager 272-0261 office, 220-0702 cell

Bridgid Isworth 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reading to children, petting dogs, eating cookies and making donations were all in a day's work for Qwest State President John Badal at UNM Children's Hospital this morning.  

As part of Qwest's commitment to increase child literacy and parents reading to children, Badal donated $2,500 to the UNM Hospital Volunteer Service League to support Children's programs.

Badal also donated 150 of Qwest's new children's book, "Spirit Earns His Bandana," and spent some time reading the book to sick children at UNM Children's Hospital.  

Therapy Dogs from the Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers were on their best behavior, doing their rounds and putting smiles on everyone's faces. "It was very heart-warming to watch the children pet and hug these wonderful dogs, while John Badal read a delightful tale of inspiration," remarked Amy Boule, professional and support administrator for UNMH. "What a special treat for the kids."

UNM Children's Hospital of New Mexico, provides the most advanced neonatology and pediatric care available in New Mexico. Each year UNM Children's Hospital of New Mexico cares for nearly 40,000 children, more than 50 percent of whom live outside of the Albuquerque area.