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Aug 24, 2016

Community support helped these #MiracleKids get better and back to school.

As the summer comes to an end, we are excited for the new opportunities Miracle Kids across the United States and Canada have by entering a new school year. Because of community support, kids like those listed below are able to learn, play and thrive. "Happy First Day of School!"

Hey there, 2014 California Champion Molly! Born with cerebral palsy, she doesn't let limitations hold her back, especially not on her first day of sixth grade:


Our 2014 Alabama Champion Starla is a cancer survivor and a second grader:


Here is Sim, 2012 Texas Champion and brain tumor survivor, on his first day of high school:


Our 2014 Florida Champion Nate dancing his way to 3rd grade!


Spotted: Our 2013 Puerto Rico Champion María on her way to third grade:


Cancer survivor and 2011 Indiana Champion Olivia on her way to fifth grade:


Here's our 2013 Florida Champion's Jack and Luke joining third grade together:

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2015 Indiana Champion Michael with his siblings on his way to seventh grade:


Our 2015 Massachusetts Champion Joe Joe is ready for seventh grade:


She survived an ATV accident and just started her freshman year of high school. Give it up for our 2014 Oklahoma Champion Emilee:


Strike a pose! Our 2015 Arkansas Champion Kenzie is ready for her first day of Kindergarten:


Eight years since her Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosis, our 2014 Oregon Champion Chloe is off to college:


2015 Tennessee Champion, a.k.a. cancer crusher, Jessica on her first day of eighth grade!


Drayton, our 2015 Louisiana Champion, looking dapper on his first day of sixth grade:


Big second grade welcome to our 2015 Idaho Champion, Vann:

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Ashley, our 2014 Alaska Champion, on her first day of sixth grade:


 2012 Indiana Champion BJ on his last first day of middle school: 


Big fourth grade welcome to our 2013 Michigan Champion Greta!


2014 Indiana Champion Riley starting her freshman year of high school:


Big smiles from our 2013 Illinois Champion Jordan on his first day of second grade:


2013 California Champion Dylan on his first day of fourth grade:


Because of charitable support, local kids treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals are able to receive the best care available. Give today.

Aug 22, 2016

@REMAX #MonthofMiracles: Motorcycle for Miracles.


Bruce Johnson, a RE/MAX Miracle Agent, and his daughter Holly are at it again with Motorcycle for Miracles, raising funds for and visiting the 14 Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals across Canada. The father-daughter duo coincides with the RE/MAX Month of Miracles.

On Aug. 1 the Johnsons began their 31-day journey over more than 9,400 kilometers from St John’s, Newfoundland, to Vancouver, British Columbia to raise funds for children’s hospitals. They are greeted by local RE/MAX agents who celebrate their arrival at each of the 14 member hospitals.

A RE/MAX agent from Wasaga Beach, Johnson has been riding for Children’s Miracle Network since 2013. When he and his wife lost their newborn daughter Alyssa in 1998, they chose to channel the painful experience into one of hope for other families by raising awareness and necessary funds. What started as a goal to raise $25,000 for the SickKids Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network has turned into more than $100,000 raised in honor of their daughter.


"It means so much to me and my family to be able to honour our daughter and sister Alyssa's memory in this way," said Johnson.  "Being able to combine my passion for motorcycle travel, my wonderful relationships with my RE/MAX family, my unwavering commitment to being an ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network, PLUS being able to make these special memories with my daughter, well for me it really is the Month of Miracles."

Learn more about the Johnsons’ journey at

Aug 20, 2016

Live and local content, the power of radio on #NationalRadioDay.

The impact local Radiothons have had on children treated at our 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is invaluable.


In 2015 alone, our 350 radio station partners raised nearly $50 million dollars.


On National Radio Day, we share our sincerest gratitude and thanks for the passion and dedication shown to us by our radio partners across North America. 


Aug 16, 2016


Thanks to Jensen, West Virginia Champion, for the joke on National Tell A Joke Day!

Aug 15, 2016

RE/MAX #MonthofMiracles: Climbing to Make Miracles Happen.

Miracle Agent Scott MacDonald of Virginia and a group of his RE/MAX colleagues and friends from the D.C. area, Florida and the Cayman Islands, are spending this year’s RE/MAX Month of Miracles in training. Yes, training. They’re getting warmed up for a four-day trek next month through the Andes Mountains, where they’ll raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on their hike to one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.


It will be the second fundraising climb for most of the group (they’ve welcomed a few newcomers this year). Last year, they braved Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, raising $35,000 for CMN Hospitals. This year’s goal: $50,000.

“We do it because we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” MacDonald says. “The climbs themselves and the hikes we do to get ready are a great way to build camaraderie. And we feel good knowing that we’re helping families who want their kids to have the best care but might not be able to afford it.”

Way to go, Team RE/MAX: Scott MacDonald, Mark Butterfield, Kevin Acker, Katie Lambert, Sarah Moorman, Becky Green, Melissa Walsh, Angie Delboy and Adria Bordas.

Thanks so much for the support, and we wish you a safe and prosperous journey. Take lots of photos!

Aug 12, 2016

Announcing our August #MiracleMillionClub Inductees.

Let’s give a virtual round of applause to our 2016 Miracle Million Club members as of August 1st

Giant Food Stores, Martin’s Food Markets: It has been a very successful start to this 20th anniversary year of partnership with Giant Food Stores, Martin’s Food Markets and the Our Family Foundation raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. With the help of generous customers, the annual balloon campaign held in early July raised nearly $600,000. Rounding out the July fundraising, was the annual Our Family Foundation golf outing which raised over $2.7 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


KrogerChildren’s Miracle Network Hospitals is proud to announce that Kroger divisions throughout Texas, Georgia, Michigan, and the Mid-Atlantic for the first time ever raised over $1 million dollars during the CMN Hospital icon campaigns. Kroger has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1996, raising more than $11 million for sick and injured kids. Funds generated during the in-store campaign are unrestricted, meaning the hospitals can use the funds however they are needed most.

“The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign offers Kroger shoppers an extraordinary opportunity to help save the lives of children in their own communities,” said Rachel Hurst, consumer affairs manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “Sixty-two children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital every minute seeking treatment for a range of life-threatening illnesses, including cancer. The doors at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are always open – regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”


Publix: The 2016 campaign was Publix 25th anniversary campaign. Thanks goes out to the Publix team members and nine coupon vendors for making the campaign a great success!  The campaign ran only three weeks May 21 through June 11 raising a total of $4,603,465 a 15% increase over last year’s campaign total of $3,984,267.  The funds were raised by selling a $1, $3, and $5 Miracle Coupon Icon, giving customers coupon values of $5.50, $10 and $20. Over the last 25 years Publix has raised over $39 million for 21 CMN Hospitals in their local communities. It is part of the Publix mission and culture to make a difference in the communities where their employees live and work. 


Direct Energy: A $5 million commitment to Texas Children’s Hospital on December 18, 2015 – marking the largest corporate gift ever made to a Texas Children’s Hospital campaign. The gift will be used to help expand Texas Children’s Heart Center in order to serve more children in the Houston community, the state of Texas and across the nation. Texas Children’s Heart Center is ranked #2 nationally in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, and under the Direct Energy umbrellas, powerful brands such as One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mister Sparky and Bounce Energy join forces to collect donations each October and throughout the year to help provide equipment and medical treatments for children with injuries, and help fund preventative education and programs that simply keep kids out of the hospital.


Congratulations to our newly inducted Miracle Million Club partners! On behalf of the more than 10 million kids treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals each year, we thank you.

Aug 09, 2016

Marriott International Headquarters Collect Donations Through Tasty Fundraiser

On the heels of national root beer float day, longtime partner Marriott International held a fun and tasty fundraiser in their headquarters to raise money for sick and injured children. Employees at their Bethesda, Md. headquarters could get a root beer float in exchange for a cash donation.

Our 2016-17 Md. #ChampionsForKids Zannah was on hand to deliver fliers to employees and let them know about the fundraiser happening:



While Champion Zannah was busy alerting Marriott staff, her Miracle Dad was preparing floats!

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More than 200 Marriott properties will be hosting root beer float fundraisers for their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in 2016.



Thanks to Marriott staff and guests for supporting children's health! Learn more about Marriott International and their over 30 year partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Aug 08, 2016

RE/MAX #MonthofMiracles: Trudy Wilson

Throughout August, we're celebrating RE/MAX Miracle Agents across North America who do year-round fundraising for local CMN Hospitals during the 5th annual Month of Miracles. Visit to find a Miracle Home or Miracle Agent in your community.

RE/MAX agent Trudy Wilson is swimming the Trent-Severn Waterway in Peterborough this summer in honour of her daughter, Taylor, who died from severe birth injuries 18 years ago at Sick Kids in Toronto, and to raise funds for the children’s hospital that means so much to her.

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“It was such a storm in our lives,” said Wilson. “I knew that she had her best chances at Sick Kids hospital, and so that’s why I want to help them to continue to do what they do best.”

The Bridgenorth resident pledged in 2015 to raise $25,000 for Sick Kids over five years and is already a quarter of the way there with last year’s 386-kilometre trek. Though she’s never undertaken anything of this magnitude, Wilson said it’s others’ confidence in her that’s given her that push. This year, Wilson, 46, planned to swim five hours and 10 kilometres each day, making for a 40-day trip with rest days.

With special permission from Parks Canada to swim in the channels (except Lift Lock), she will be accompanied by a boat at all times. Wilson’s actions show her gratitude for the tremendous support and work of the staff at Sick Kids. The funds she continues to raise are sure to make a difference in the lives of families like hers.

Follow her journey at

Online donations may be made at

Aug 03, 2016

RE/MAX Month of Miracles: Isaiah's Story.

Throughout August, we're celebrating RE/MAX Miracle Agents across North America who do year-round fundraising for local CMN Hospitals during the 5th annual Month of Miracles. Visit to find a Miracle Home or Miracle Agent in your community.

Miracle Agent Robert Struck from RE/MAX of Michigan has been committed to raising funds and awareness for CMN Hospitals since his son Isaiah suffered severe second- and third-degree burns on much of his body following a bonfire accident. Below, Struck shares what it means to his family to be connected both to RE/MAX and CMN Hospitals.

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When I was asked to describe what Children's Miracle Network Hospitals means to us, I didn't know how I could do it in just two paragraphs. When Isaiah's accident happened, we had no warning and could not have prepared for the care he would need for recovery.

Our son suffered greatly, but in the midst of that suffering, donations from CMN Hospitals provided us a place to stay, a shower so that we were comfortable and could remain by Isaiah’s side throughout treatment and movies to keep Isaiah preoccupied — the only thing that seemed to help him through his pain. Through it all, we learned to accept unwavering compassion and generosity from our friends, family, coworkers, doctors and nurses.                                                     

After spending weeks at the hospital, unable to work, our RE/MAX office in Bay City held a fundraiser to help us with costs. To sum up how we feel about CMN Hospitals and our involvement as a business, I could hardly do justice with words. We do, however, know how CMN Hospitals changed our lives and helped us with the care of our son. To us, our involvement and the RE/MAX involvement with CMN Hospitals is not only necessary, but priceless to families out there just like us. When our storm hit, CMN Hospitals was the umbrella that helped us get back to sunshine and clear skies. Thank you, on behalf of the Struck family and all families who have received care and support from CMN Hospitals.



Jul 29, 2016

What Happened at Dance Marathon Leadership Conference 2016


Last week, 620 students (representing 150 colleges and universities), 38 CMN Hospitals staff members, 63 hospital program directors, 47 college/universities advisors, and 48 corporate partner representatives descended on The Ohio State University’s campus for Dance Marathon Leadership Conference (DMLC) 2016.



Dance Marathon, a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program, has raised more than $135 million for local Network children's hospitals since 1991. DMLC is an annual conference that unites passionate Dance Marathon students together to learn leadership skills and best practices that will help grow their Dance Marathon programs at their colleges and universities.



For the first time at DMLC, representatives from several CMN Hospitals corporate partners attended the conference for a job fair, where they were able to meet Dance Marathon students and talk about employment opportunities with their company. Love’s Travel Stops, Marriott, Delta, CDW, Circle K, Speedway, America's Credit Unions, Aflac and Donor Drive were all present for this great opportunity:


Love’s Travel Stops, who sponsored more than 25 Dance Marathon programs over the past year, hosted a breakfast for the students involved in the partnership and sponsored the keynote speaker at DMLC, Josh Sundquist. 


#DMLC2016 on Social Media:

A number of programs were recognized with awards, which serves as a way to share the work they’ve done and highlight their initiatives as best practices for other programs to model after:


It was one for the books!
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