If there's one thing that really gets to me, it's seeing a child who's battling a disease. If you're a mom with little ones, you probably have similar sentiments.

It's that time of year again, and the Miracle Home Makeover project is back! Now you can help out a sick kid right here in Central New York simply by purchasing a raffle ticket for a $100,000 home makeover! What kind of renovations would you do to your home? An updated kitchen? A new patio? A family recreation room? I'm not eligible to win, but if I were, and happened to win, I would tear down the tacky pink wallpaper in my bedroom and decorate with something a little more tasteful. What would you do? The possibilities are endless!

The best part about the Miracle Home Makeover is that all the money raised (through raffle ticket purchases,) stays right here in Central New York. What does that mean to you? It means that your small investment helps out terminally ill children right here in our hometown. It's our friends,neighbors, classmates, and co-workers who will reap the benefits.

Here's where you can purchase your tickets:

  • Faxton St. Luke’s Foundation Office
  • First Source Federal Credit Union branches
  • GPO Federal Credit Union Branches
  • Chanatry’s Market in Utica

Children's Miracle Network welcomes a new spokesperson this year, and it's none other than J-Lo. We're going to do our best to see if we can get her to pay us a visit. After all, she is a native New Yorker, and there are lots of sick kids who would love to see her smiling face!

The actress, musician, and mom of twins she is a longtime supporter of children’s hospitals and health. Jennifer Lopez knows that miracles don’t come easily. It takes dedicated doctors and nurses, quality equipment and technology, but it especially requires community support. Children’s hospitals rely on you to provide life-saving care to the thousands of children they treat eat year.

Just Jen and I chatted about the Children's Miracle Network this morning!