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Sometimes the medical help a child needs is not available at the nearest hospital. That's when the UC Davis Children's Hospital steps in to care for and help heal the young patient.

The hospital provides a service that picks up and transfers young patients from locations across the region to its facility in Sacramento. Most of the time, the child is moved by a team in a pediatric ambulance from one hospital to another.

The ambulance is a mobile hospital carrying medical equipment to help patients who range from infants to teenagers. The age and size differences of the potential patients means there are medical supplies for all shapes and sizes. It allows the team staffing the ambulance to be ready for anything and prepared if they're transporting a patient from a medical facility that isn't well-stocked with supplies.

In total, UC Davis Children's Hospital treated 12,813 patients from across 33 counties in 2013.

The hospital has one pediatric ambulance and is hoping to acquire another through your support. You can help enhance the ground transportation program so children can get the medical care they need.

News10 and the Children's Miracle Network is teaming up to host the 20-hour Give for Kids Telethon (#Give4Kids) on Friday to help raise money for UC Davis Children's Hospital.

From 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. you can call 1-877-719-KIDS (5437) to donate using all forms of payment, including cash through a pledge.

Or go to https://giveamiracle.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org to donate online.

When you make your donation, you can designate that it goes to fund a pediatric ambulance or you make keep it unrestricted. Whether or not you say how you want your donation to be used, it will be used on patient care at the Children's Hospital. It's the cornerstone of the Children's Miracle Network -- money given by our community stays in our community.

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