I am a big supporter of childhood cancer. Last September (Childhood Cancer Awareness month) I shared a lot of information about childhood cancer. It is something very near and dear to my heart.
When I was provided the opportunity to share about a great fundraising effort that would go to a children’s hospital network for ill children, I couldn’t pass it up. Whether it is cancer or another childhood illness, no child should have to suffer.
During the month of June, Walmart and Pampers are teaming together to donate $200,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospital provides comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. 1 in 10 children in North America are treated by a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital each year.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
· Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year
· Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms
· Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children
· U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012
Who Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Help
Clearly, I can’t pick and choose among the children to share with you, so I choose my current state and my home state champions to share.
“Shoni” may have entered the world with several missing parts, but her triumphant spirit is more than whole. Born at 28 weeks gestation with cloacal exstrophy, Shoni didn’t have a colon, bladder, pelvis or left hip socket. The organs she did have protruded from her abdomen.
These severe complications meant 16 months at her hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, and potentially a life of IVs and feeding tubes. With all struggles considered, Shoni, her doctors and family stayed committed to the surgical “road map” to improve her long-term health and wellbeing.
Despite maintaining a central line for nutrition and regular intestinal discomfort, Shoni “sparkles,” is incredibly optimistic and seems to make the best of every situation. She serves as a role model for her adopted special needs siblings. Her free time is spent admiring cars and indulging her interest in vacuuming — every mom’s dream!
CMN Hospitals Funds in Action:
Dollars raised benefit The Hope Fund, which helps launch new programs, purchase essential equipment, conduct cutting-edge research and provide charitable care for kids like Shonalisa.
A favorite among his school peers, “delightfully mischievous” Michael was born with Apert syndrome, a rare genetic disorder causing birth defects such as abnormal head and limb development.
At just 5 months old, Michael underwent major surgery to expand and reshape his skull to make room for his developing brain. Thirteen more surgeries followed, including procedures to adjust his jaw and separate his fused fingers and toes. With so many treatments, Michael’s mom dubbed medical terminology as the family’s “third language” in addition to the English and Spanish they already speak.
Michael has a bright future thanks to his continued treatment and surgeries at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Michael enjoys playing guitar, drums and recorder and can’t wait to show off his skills at school music concerts. He also likes to ride bikes and play soccer. Recently, Michael joined the Boy Scouts and is excited to be a Cub Scout.
CMN Hospitals Funds in Action:
CMN Hospitals funds enabled Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare to offer private inpatient rooms, allowing Michael to have greater privacy and better rest as he recovered from surgery.
What Can You Do?
When you purchase products like Pamper Swaddlers, select Pampers baby wipes, and other participating products at Walmart; portions of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
All of your children are grown?
Consider purchasing Pampers Swaddlers from Walmart and donate the diapers to your church, a women and children’s shelter, or another cause. Your purchase at Walmart with help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the diapers that you donate will help a baby in need. It is a win-win!