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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program Now Reaches Worldwide Audience
Date:1/12/2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sharing Miracles, a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients, can now be viewed worldwide in its entirety at www.SharingMiracles.com. Sharing Miracles also airs on more than 235 television stations across the United States.

February's episode of Sharing Miracles will feature four-time Emmy Award nominee and former star of Family Ties Meredith Baxter, who works tirelessly as a breast cancer advocate after successfully battling the disease herself. Upcoming episodes will feature Pro Football Hall of Famer and multiple Super Bowl-wining coach Mike Ditka, who battles heart disease; Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, who has diabetes; and World Series champion and Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who has overcome lymphoma to pitch a no-hitter in the major leagues.

The new streaming format allows viewers to watch each month's entire episode from their computer at any time during the month. The online viewing option launches today, with a new episode featuring country music superstar - and Hepatitis C survivor - Naomi Judd.

"With 235 televisions stations airing Sharing Miracles each month, millions of patients are inspired by the stories of survival that our program tells," said Billy Tauzin, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which produces the show. "People confronting serious illness or disease need to know - perhaps more than anyone else - that they are not alone. Now, viewers throughout America and, indeed, around the world are able to share in the hope that inspires our guests as they fight their battles with disease."

Previous episodes of Sharing Miracles have featured Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, a breast cancer advocate; Emmy Award-winning actor Joey Pantoliano, who suffers from clinical depression; Super Bowl Champion and former Pittsburgh Steeler running back Jerome Bettis, who has asthma; Olympic gold medal winners Mark Spitz (high cholesterol), Bruce Jenner (attention deficit disorder), and Greg Louganis (HIV); syndicated television talk show host Montel Williams, who suffers from multiple sclerosis; actor and Leave It To Beaver star Jerry Mathers, who is affected by diabetes; pop icon and Broadway star Deborah Gibson, who has suffered from devastating anxiety attacks; Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Len Dawson, who survived prostate cancer; and North Carolina State University women's basketball coach Kay Yow, a breast cancer survivor.

Sharing Miracles airs on Sunday mornings on the following network-affiliated stations:

WDCA-TV (MyTV), Washington, DC, 9 am - 9:30 am

WPHL-TV (MyTV), Philadelphia, PA, 11 am - 11:30 am

WUTB-TV (MyTV), Baltimore, MD, 9 am - 9:30 am

WXIN-TV (FOX), Indianapolis, IN, 11:30 am - 12 noon

KABB-TV (FOX), San Antonio, TX, 8 am - 8:30 am

WNAB-TV (CW), Nashville, TN, 10 am - 10:30 am

WCTX-TV (MyTV), Hartford/New Haven, CT, 9 am - 9:30 am

WRAZ-TV (FOX), Raleigh, NC, 7:30 am - 8 am

WSYX-TV (ABC), Columbus, OH, 7:30 am - 8 am

KTXL-TV (FOX), Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, CA, 6:30 am - 7 am

WWL-TV (CBS), New Orleans, LA, 7:30 am - 8 am

WTWC-TV (NBC), Tallahassee, FL, 10 am - 10:30 am

WCIA-TV (CBS), Springfield/Champaign/Urbana/Decatur, IL, 10:30 am - 11 am

WBRZ-TV (ABC), Baton Rouge, LA, 11 am - 11:30 am

KTKA-TV (ABC), Topeka, KS, 8:30 am - 9 am

WRLH-TV (FOX), Richmond, VA, 10 am - 10:30 am

WNAC-TV (FOX), Providence, RI, 10:30 am - 11 am

WHTM-TV (ABC), Harrisburg, PA, 11 am - 11:30 am

WNCF-TV (ABC), Montgomery, AL, 9:30 am - 10 am

WLAJ-TV (ABC), Lansing, MI, 11 am - 11:30 am

WACH-TV (FOX), Columbia, SC, 11 am - 11:30 am

WAPT-TV (ABC), Jackson, MS, 9 am - 9:30 am

WOWK-TV (CBS), Charleston/Huntington, WV, 11:30 am - 12 noon

WMTW-TV (ABC), Portland/Augusta, ME, 11:30 am - 12 noon

KHBB-TV (ABC), Helena, MT, 10 am - 10:30 am

WMBD-TV (CBS), Peoria, IL, 10 am - 10:30 am

WOI-TV (ABC), Des Moines, IA, 6:30 am - 7 am

WHBF-TV (CBS), Rock Island, IL/Davenport, IA, 10 am - 10:30 am

KLRT-TV (FOX), Little Rock, AR, 9:30 am - 10 am

KDLT-TV (NBC), Sioux Falls, SD, 9 am - 9:30 am

KBMY-TV (ABC), Minot/Bismarck, ND, 9 am - 9:30 am

KLKN-TV (ABC), Lincoln, NE, 10:30 am - 11 am

KFBB-TV (ABC), Great Falls, MT, 10 am - 10:30 am

KDEV-TV (ABC), Cheyenne, WY, 7:30 am - 8:00 am

WTOV-TV (ABC), Rockford, IL, 10:30 am - 11 am

KGEM-TV (NBC), Quincy, IL, 11 am - 11:30 am

WSIL-TV (ABC), Carbondale, IL/Paducah, KY/Cape Girardeau, MO, 10:30 am - 11 am.

The show also airs on 203 community broadcast stations across the country. For free DVDs of Sharing Miracles, please contact the PhRMA press line at 202-835-3460 or go to www.sharingmiracles.com.

Community stations airing Sharing Miracles are located in the following cities: Anchorage, AK; Decatur, AL; Harrison, AR; Mountain Home, AR; Casa Grande, AZ; Chino Valley, AZ; Claremont, CA; Compton, CA; Del Mar, CA; Gilroy, CA; Hayward, CA; Pasadena, CA; Petaluma, CA; Sacramento, CA; San Andreas, CA; San Francisco, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Aurora, CO; Golden, CO; Longmont, CO; Thornton, CO; Bridgeport, CT; Hamden, CT; Hartford, CT; Madison, CT; North Haven, CT; Plainville, CT; Simsbury, CT; Brooksville, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Tampa, FL; Palm Coast, FL; Atlanta, GA; Douglasville, GA; Fort Oglethorpe, GA; Hilo, HI; Des Moines, IA; Mount Vernon, IA; Olin, IA; Muscatine, IA; Mountain Home, ID; Pocatello, ID; Addison, IL; Aurora, IL; Batavia, IL; Glen Ellyn, IL; Lake Forest, IL; Naperville, IL; Romeoville, IL; Urbana, IL; Bloomington, IN; Fort Wayne, IN; Lawrence, KS; Covington, KY; Highland Heights, KY; Louisville, KY; Bossier City, LA; Houma, LA; Lafayette, LA; New Orleans, LA; Amherst, MA; Arlington, MA; Boston, MA; Brookline, MA; Carver, MA; Chelmsford, MA; Dracut, MA; East Longmeadow, MA; Easthampton, MA; Foxboro, MA; Holden, MA; Hopkinton, MA; Leominster, MA; Lexington, MA; Longmeadow, MA; Lynn, MA; Marion, MA; Marshfield, MA; Sandwich, MA; Worcester, MA; Easton, MD; Greenbelt, MD; Largo, MD; Rockville, MD; Bridgton, ME; Brunswick, ME; Madison, ME; Mexico, ME; Ann Arbor, MI; Cadillac, MI; Farmington Hills, MI; Holland, MI; Kalamazoo, MI; Lake Orion, MI; Manistee, MI; Portage, MI; Romeo, MI; Waterford, MI; Wyandotte, MI; Blaine, MN; Bloomington, MN; Champlin, MN; Coon Rapids, MN; Duluth, MN; Fergus Falls, MN; Hibbing, MN; Hutchinson, MN; Minneapolis, MN; Rosemont, MN; Spring Park, MN; Stillwater, MN; White Bear Lake, MN; Columbia, MO; Hillsboro, MS; Vicksburg, MS; Helena, MT; Albemarle, NC; Knightdale, NC; Fargo, ND; Hastings, NE; Omaha, NE; Claremont, NH; Derry, NH; Durham, NH; Londonderry, NH; Manchester, NH; North Conway, NH; Wolfeboro, NH; Metuchen, NJ; Princeton, NJ; Statewide, NJ; Albuquerque, NM; Los Alamos, NM; Santa Fe, NM; Taos, NM; Minden, NV; Chappaqua, NY; Fairport, NY; Staten Island, NY; Tivoli, NY; Webster, NY; Athens, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Defiance, OH; Fairborn, OH; Hudson; OH; Macedonia, OH; Norwood, OH; Troy, OH; Perry, OK; Oregon City, OR; Silverton, OR; Ardmore, PA; Berwyn, PA; Gettysburg, PA; McMurray, PA; Moon Township, PA; Pottstown, PA; Reading, PA; Wayne, PA; York, PA; Germantown, TN; Murfreesboro, TN; College Station, TX; Denton, TX; Houston, TX; Cedar City, UT; Logan, UT; Blacksburg, VA; Herndon, VA; Barre, VT; Bellow Falls, VT; Bristol, VT; Burlington, VT; Hyde Park, VT; Manchester Center, VT; Middlebury, VT; Newport, VT; Springfield, VT; Waitsfield, VT; White River Junction, VT; Bainbridge Island, WA; Bremerton, WA; Ellensburg, WA; Kent, WA; Longview, WA; Port Townsend, WA; Seattle, WA; Toppenish, WA; Dodgeville, WI; Hartford, WI; Janesville, WI; Lake Mills, WI; Madison, WI; Muskego, WI; New London, WI; Reedsburg, WI; River Falls, WI; Superior, WI; Waterloo, WI; Whitehall, WI; and Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

The show's corresponding Web site, www.sharingmiracles.com, is an interactive forum for people to relate their own personal stories of hope and survival. Every patient's battle is unique, but the collective power of shared experiences can offer great help and courage to others who are fighting for their lives.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps uninsured and financially-struggling patients access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. To find out if they may qualify for help, patients should call toll-free 1-888-4PPA-NOW to speak with a trained specialist or visit www.pparx.org.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $44.5 billion in 2007 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $58.8 billion in 2007.

PhRMA Internet Address: http://www.phrma.org

For information on stories of hope and survival, visit: http://sharingmiracles.com/

For information on how innovative medicines save lives, visit: http://www.innovation.org

For information on the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, visit: http://www.pparx.org

For information on the danger of imported drugs, visit: http://www.buysafedrugs.info


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