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May 19, 2015

CMN Hospitals Presents the Storybook Suite

On May 14, celebrities and Miracle Families convened in Hollywood, Calif. to raise awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The Storybook Suite — hosted by co-founder Marie Osmond and produced by Trueheart Events — accompanied guests into a magical world of fairytales, complete with prince and princess meet-and-greets, scrumptious goodies and delightful kid-themed activities that brought smiles to all.

Stars took to the red carpet including Marie Osmond, official spokesperson Jennifer Lopez, and CMN Hospitals' CEO and President John Lauck, as seen pictured below.

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Zendaya, Fran Drescher, Angela Martin and Alli Simpson, among other celebrities also stopped by:

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Miracle Kids were all smiles on the red carpet with Jennifer Lopez and Marie Osmond:

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Inside the event, guests were treated to an assortment of fun-filled activities, from face painting to crafting:

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 (Pictured: Miracle Family at the Storybook Suite event in Los Angeles, Calif.)

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(Pictured: Miracle Family with Atticus Shaffer at the Storybook Suite event in Los Angeles, Calif.)

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(Pictured: Miracle Kid with Eden Sasson at the Storybook Suite event in Los Angeles, Calif.)

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(Pictured: Bryan Cogman at the Storybook Suite event in Los Angeles, Calif.)


Guests were treated to a special performance by Marie Osmond and David Osmond:

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Celebrities also filmed PSAs which can be viewed at this link: http://cmnh.co/4h3. Here are a few fun behind the scenes shots of our 2014 Florida Champion, Nate: 

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(Pictured: Nate with Terrell Ransom and Tyree Brown.) 

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 (Pictured: Nate with Jack Wagner.) 

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(Pictured: Nate with Brian McKnight.)  

Thanks to everyone who attended the Storybook Suite event in support of raising awareness for our 170 children's hospitals in North America. If you're interested in supporting our cause, get your free Miracle Band at mymiracleband.org or donate at cmnhospitals.org.

May 14, 2015

CMN Hospitals in the News: Jennifer Lopez Spreads Awareness

Today, at The Storybook Suite event to celebrate Miracle Kids, our official spokesperson, Jennifer Lopez, discussed the need of donations and support for children's hospitals with E! Online:

She also appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show and E! News:

May 06, 2015

Groupon Mother's Day Gift Shop

This Mother’s Day, Groupon is helping sick and injured kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by donating $0.25 per voucher purchased* in the Mother’s Day Gift Shop. We chatted with our 2014 Vermont Champion, Danielle, “D”, to get the inside scoop on how she feels about her mom – and what gift she wants to get her for Mother’s Day!

D spent more than 20 days in the hospital for a gangrenous appendix caused by a lap appendectomy with abscess. Though she's faced challenges most kids her age haven't, D remains an upbeat and typical teenage girl with goals and dreams all her own. Today she is happy, healthy and active. Through her journey to recovery, she received care not only from nurses and doctors, but also from her mother.

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“My favorite things about my mom are how she is always proud of my accomplishments, no matter how big or small. She is always there to support me and believes in me, no matter what it is. I love how she is always there for me when I need someone to talk to, and she is always really understanding. But my absolute favorite thing is that I can call her my best friend and mom," said D.

D’s love for her mom is evident as she contemplates what to give her for Mother’s Day. “If I could give my mom anything for Mother's Day, it would be a field of flowers and her own personal gym, equipped with all the work out machines she would need and of course cute matching workout clothes to go along with it.” 

Of course, fields of flowers are difficult to wrap up, but Groupon has got you covered! Bring the fields to mom with the FTD flower bouquets, treat her with a spa day, or turn your favorite photos into a picture perfect book. Plus, check out your local deals to find the right gift for mom.

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Start shopping the Groupon Mother’s Day Gift Shop and help support more than 10 million kids treated at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

 

*Groupon will donate $0.25 per voucher sold, up to $50,000. Ends 5/10

May 05, 2015

May is for Miracles 2015

This May, multiple North American retailers, thousands of employees and millions of supporters are committed to helping kids get better. Kid like Camery, who was born with DiGeorge Syndrome, a rare and complicated genetic disorder caused by a defect in chromosome 22, resulting in significant development issues of her internal organs. 

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Donations fund rehabilitation programs Camery participates in, including physical, speech and occupational therapy, and also help with nutrition, dental and social programs. When you donate to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, you are supporting the 62 kids who enter a member children's hospital for treatment every minute. Our 170 member hospitals rely on donations to pay for research and training, equipment and charity care for families unable to pay for their medical expenses. 

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Visit mayisformiracles.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org to learn how you can make miracles happen for sick and injured kids in your community.

May 01, 2015

Jennifer Lopez Announced as New Official Spokesperson

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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is proud to announce its new official spokesperson, Jennifer Lopez, a mom and longtime supporter of children's hospitals.



Jennifer is a dedicated Miracle Maker and has done much to improve the health and well-being of children through her Lopez Family Foundation. Her work has had a great impact on the children treated at our Network’s Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her visits always bring smiles to sick and injured children being treated. Most recently, she surprised patients by making an appearance at a hospital screening of her DreamWorks movie, Home.

 

 

We are proud to have Jennifer as our official spokesperson and hope you will join her and Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are in support of more than 10 million children treated annually at our 170 children’s hospitals across North America.

Get your FREE Miracle Band to spread the message that local member children’s hospitals rely on donations to provide much-needed, life-saving care and expenses not covered by government programs or insurance. Share your reasons for wearing a Miracle Band on social media with #MiracleBand.

For more information on how you can join Jennifer Lopez in supporting children’s hospitals visit, jenniferlopezmnr.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org Follow Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Apr 23, 2015

TBT: Miss America Rocking a Miracle Band

SPOTTED: Miss America rocking a Miracle Band on the Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet on April 19. Throughout her year as our National Goodwill Ambassador, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev has been busy raising awareness for our organization and the more than 10 million kids treated at our 170 member children's hospitals across North America.

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You don't have to have a crown to rock a Miracle Band. Here are some #MiracleBand mentions from our fans:

 

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Get your Miracle Band at MyMiracleBand.org.

Apr 20, 2015

Miss America Serves Raises Funds for CMN Hospitals

On April 18th, Miss America contestants and volunteers joined forces and participated in community service activities like visiting their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, cleaning a park, beach or neighborhood, assisting youth and senior organizations, visiting nursing homes, or collecting clothes, stocking food pantries or feeding the homeless - all while collecting donations for the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Contestants were pretty excited about it...

 

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Throughout the day, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev and contestants from around the country shared their experiences serving their Children's Miracle Network Hospital and community.

 

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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has a 25-year history working with the Miss America Organization. The charity was officially named MAO's national platform in 2007. Since then, the partnership has raised more than $10 million, benefiting Children Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. Final fundraising totals for Miss America Serves are still coming in, but as of now, more than $84K funds will help provide the best care available to the more than 10 million kids that enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital each year.

Learn more about Miss America Serves and how you can help support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Organization here: http://cmnh.co/r756.

Apr 13, 2015

Racing for Miracles with Carl Edwards

This past weekend was the “Racing for a Miracle” event with the No. 19 STANLEY Racing team, the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Carl Edwards and the No. 19 team raced in hopes of winning and making a donation from STANLEY of $1 million to CMN Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation. The pledge is part of one of the most successful and longest-running campaigns in NASCAR that benefits patients of CMN Hospitals. Regardless of the race’s outcome, the “Racing for a Miracle” program with STANLEY and the Ace Hardware Foundation pledged $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since the program started, more than half a million dollars has been donated. 

Edwards' car was outfitted with a special paint job featuring the names of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Kids and Champion Ambassadors:

A few days before the race, Edwards and the entire No. 19 STANLEY Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew visited our Network's Cook Children's in Ft. Worth, Texas. Smiles were all around as kids enjoyed games and pit stop demonstrations with the team as they prepared for the “Racing for a Miracle” event:

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On April 10, Edwards along with representatives from STANLEY and four Miracle Kids serving as "Honorary Crew Members" of the No. 19 team, presented a $100,000 donation to the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at the Texas Motor Speedway. 

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In the end, it was a close race, Edwards and the No. 19 racing team finished 10th in the Duck Commander 500. Congratulations!
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Thanks to STANLEY, Ace Hardware Foundation, Carl Edwards and the No. 19 racing team for your support and participation in this fun event. To read the full press release on this event visit www.cmnh.co/F03. For more information on the “Racing for a Miracle” program visit www.stanleymotorsports.com. For more information about Ace Hardware and the Ace Hardware Foundation, please visit www.acehardware.com.

Mar 27, 2015

Wheel of Fortune Donates $435K in "Secret Santa Sweepstakes"

Wheel of Fortune donated more than $435,000 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during their fourth "Secret Santa Sweepstakes." Lucky at-home viewers, part of the Wheel Watchers Club, won the same prize as contestants and also got to choose their Children's Miracle Network Hospital of choice to win that same prize.

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These funds are unrestricted and will help winning hospitals where funds are needed most. Thanks, Wheel of Fortune Wheel Watchers! 

Beaumont Children's Hospital received a matched $61,200 donation from Wheel Watcher Pamela Prindle: 

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The decision of which Children's Miracle Network Hospital to donate to was an easy one for Pam, saying, "I chose Beaumont because they’ve done so much for my family – myself and my daughter – and I wanted to be able to give back,” explains Prindle. “Beaumont brought my baby into this world after a high-risk pregnancy and I was here years later for 8 weeks and I’m still alive.” (Read full story.)

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Wheel of Fortune's own Vanna White presented an $18,300 "Secret Santa Sweepstakes" check to MUSC Children’s Hospital:

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The money will be used to help the child life division keep the atrium stocked with toys, games, art supplies and other materials to entertain and help with play therapy.

B_MX9vHW4AAUV-c Pat Sajack visited Johns Hopkins Children's Center and presented a $20,000 check to help make everyday miracles for pediatric patients:

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Highlights of winning hospitals:
 
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Children's Hospital Foundation Oklahoma City received $10,000:
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Full list of hospitals: 
Winning Children's Miracle Network Hospital Donation
Beaumont Children's Hospital $71,200
Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network Hospitals $40,750
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare $28,655
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin $25,450
Johns Hopkins Children's Center $20,000
Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital $18,300
Eastern Maine Medical Center $18,150
West Virginia University Children's Hospital $14,500
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta $14,150
Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo $11,950
Connecticut Children's Medical Center $11,650
Children's Specialized Hospital $10,900
Texas Children's Hospital $10,000
KU Medical Center $10,000
Children's National Health System $10,000
Hasbro Children's Hospital $10,000
Children's Hospital Foundation Oklahoma City $10,000
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas $10,000
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters $10,000
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital $10,000
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals $10,000
Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center $10,000
Children's Hospital of Richmond VCU $10,000
Boston Children's Hospital $10,000
Valley Children's Hospital $10,000
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center $10,000
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago $10,000
 
Thank you, Wheel of Fortune, and all those Wheel Watchers who tuned in to the "Secret Santa Sweepstakes!" These funds will help save the lives of the more than 10 million kids admitted to a Children's Miracle Network Hospital each year.
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Mar 16, 2015

Costco Employee Gives Back After Terminal Diagnosis

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A photo caption from an ABC 7 article about Arlie Smith, a Costco employee from Danville, Calif. reads: "Fans of a cancer-stricken Costco worker surprised him Tuesday with money they raised for him and his wife, which he plans on donating to the Children's Hospital of Oakland." 

Arlie Smith has worked at the Danville warehouse location for 21 years. He is affectionately known by customers as the "Costco Guy" as he often checks receipts and is the first and last person shoppers engage with at the store.

Arlie is an active fundraiser during Costco's seasonal campaigns for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and was one of the top fundraisers in North American during the store's 2014 fundraising campaign.

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He has recently made headlines for being exceptionally giving. Diagnosed with terminal bone cancer last September, Arlie was told he may have just two years to live - but he hasn't let that stop him from sharing a little sunshine. He is vying to be the top fundraiser for the upcoming Costco campaign in May. You can support him by donating to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals here.

Thank you, Arlie for your continued support and dedication to helping save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids - your generosity inspires us.

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