• 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 TVs Its A Miracle and an appearance on The Sharon Osbourne Show, date yet to be determined.
Its A Miracle, with Touched By An Angel star Roma Downey, is PAX TVs signature series. The show recreates eyewitness accounts of true adventures that thrill and inspire. The show, which airs Dec. 12 on Angelas 6th birthday, will recreate the Rushfords story. Check local listings for air times. Show information: http://www.pax.tv/.
The Sharon Osbourne Show, hosted by Sharon Osbourne, former star of MTVs The Osbournes and wife of former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, is the WB Networks 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: http://sharon.warnerbros.com/. Tickets available by calling 1-323-960-4677.
Angelas story gained much national attention last January, including appearances on NBCs 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 Angelas father, Tony, of the Angela Rushford Childrens Organ Donation Fund. Fund information: 962-2110 or www.cfnil.org.
Contact your local cable provider for information on the PAX and WB TV networks.