Rushford returns to TV

• Kidney recipient celebrates 6th birthday with feature on national TV

Angela Rushford, 5, of Rockford will return to national TV this month with a Dec. 12 feature on PAX TV’s It’s A Miracle and an appearance on The Sharon Osbourne Show, date yet to be determined.

It’s A Miracle, with Touched By An Angel star Roma Downey, is PAX TV’s signature series. The show recreates eyewitness accounts of true adventures that “thrill and inspire.” The show, which airs Dec. 12 on Angela’s 6th birthday, will recreate the Rushfords’ story. Check local listings for air times. Show information:

The Sharon Osbourne Show, hosted by Sharon Osbourne, former star of MTV’s The Osbournes and wife of former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, is the WB Network’s featured talk show. Angela, her parents and her donor, David Harper of Mount Morris, will be guests on the show. Air date is yet to be determined. Check local listings for show time. Show information: Tickets available by calling 1-323-960-4677.

Angela’s story gained much national attention last January, including appearances on NBC’s Today show, after she received a kidney from a total stranger who replied to a free classified ad in The Rock River Times. Harper and Rushford underwent transplant surgery Jan. 3, 2003, at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Tests revealed the transplant was one of the most successful in transplant history.

Since the transplant, Angela has overcome a rare form of cancer and struggled with kidney stones. She is currently in kindergarten.

Harper was named a grand prize winner in The Drive for Brawny HeroesTM Contest sponsored by Georgia-Pacific Corporation and is co-chairman, along with Angela’s father, Tony, of the Angela Rushford Children’s Organ Donation Fund. Fund information: 962-2110 or

Contact your local cable provider for information on the PAX and WB TV networks.

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