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Teleton USA 2013: Univision Raises $15,300,000 [VIDEO]

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Teleton USA 2013 concluded on Saturday and after 29 hours of fundraising, the Univision event was able to raise an astounding $15,315,678. With this incredible effort, the Center for Child Rehabilitation in San Antonio, Texas weill be able to reach completion while children throughout the country suffering from cancer and autism will receive renewed support from institutions benefiting from the Teleton funds. Fernando Landeros, president of Fundacion Teleton USA thanked the support of the whole commmunity and reiterated his promise: "next October the first Center For Child Rehabilitation will be inaugurated in San Antonio, Texas."

Teleton USA's incredible feat was reached at 2:40 AM, Sunday morning. The hispanic community of the United States has proved once again the incredible generosity of its heart. Special guests at the event included Lucero, Galilea Montijo, Raúl González, Enrique Santos, Alejandra Espinoza, Vanessa de Roide, Malillany Marín and Carlos McCornie. Vazquez Sounds provided the musical accompaniment for the evening, beginning with the hymn "Gracias A Ti" which captures the spirit of the evening. The entire Teleton team expressed its enormous appreciation to the community for their support in this venture.

The goal of the Teleton campaing was to raise both funds and awareness for the therapies and treatments needed for children across the country that have been lacking for so many years.

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.

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