As a business development specialist at ABC10, Madelynn Bruegger has been supporting Children’s Miracle Network, identifying and cultivating sponsors throughout the year to raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. This month, the television station’s annual Mediathon, a 19-hour fundraiser for UC Davis Children’s Hospital, helped raise $575,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Meet our newest Miracle Maker, Madelynn Bruegger.

Madelynn Bruegger

From left to right, Michelle Thompson, Madelynn Bruegger, Jacquelyn Mills and Corinne Stubbs.

How long have you been involved with Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis? What has your involvement looked like over time? I have been involved with UC Davis Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network for the past three years. I love it when I’m able to combine my work as a business development specialist and my personal belief of supporting the community. I meet with different businesses in the community throughout the year about their marketing and if they seem like a good sponsor match, I also talk to them about supporting UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

There are so many good causes, why did you choose to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital? My participation in the Mediathon started with my employer, ABC10. The station developed a partnership with UC Davis Children’s Hospital to devote a day to fundraising and to develop a new kind of telethon called a Mediathon. My employer pulled me in but once I got involved with the Mediathon and saw what incredible things can happen when the community pulls together, my participation turned year round, searching for those special sponsors. It is my joy to be able to work on the Mediathon, pull in new sponsors and help to make it bigger and better every year.

What is your favorite memory while supporting UC Davis Children’s Hospital? The excitement of Mediathon day and witnessing the community respond to the “ask” for donations. This one day when the community comes together to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, all in the name of helping sick and injured children, is incredibly heartwarming and makes me proud to be part of this community.

How has being involved with UC Davis Children’s Hospital changed your life? Your family’s life? It has made me realize that I’m lucky to work for a company that supports the community and blessed to have a healthy family.

What motivates you as a volunteer? It feels great knowing that what I’m doing is helping a child.

What do you think about every time you volunteer for UC Davis Children’s Hospital? That I’m part of something larger and in some small way that I’m helping to make a child’s life more comfortable and contributing to their road to recovery and well-being.

What do you think is the most important thing people don’t know about this hospital? The hospital is the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in the region and that very sick children come from long distances to get treated there.

It feels great knowing that what I’m doing is helping a child.

What would you say to people about why they should invest in the health of children’s hospitals? Health is one of those things that most people tend to take for granted. Unless someone has ever had the scare of a really sick or injured child or even lost a child, it is probably something that most people don’t even think about. The truth is that children do get sick, really sick and do need the special care and services that UC Davis Children’s Hospital can provide.