Viewpoint: May 5, 2010

We are fortunate to have somewhat of a hidden gem in Baton Rouge. Hidden, because many people aren't aware that Baton Rouge has its own children's hospital. Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital is the second largest pediatric facility in the state. It's a hospital within a hospital, located inside Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

However, the families whose lives have been changed by it are certainly aware of its presence. Last year, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital treated nearly 70,000 Louisiana children. And, no child is ever turned away. Children are treated regardless of a family's ability to pay. The general manager of WAFB recently had an opportunity to tour the children's hospital and said it was evident that helping children is a passion shared among the staff.

Now, you have an opportunity to help, too. The Children's Miracle Mansion is a fundraiser in which 100 percent of the money raised will be used to buy life-saving equipment, expand resources and help children receive medical care close to home, right here in Louisiana.

The $100 ticket gives you a chance to win a beautiful 2300-square foot home in Audubon Lakes in Zachary. It's a chance to win a home and an opportunity to help so many. Please call 1-877-757-2663 or click here for more information.