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Jul 02, 2015

Alli Simpson Announced as Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Teen Ambassador

On June 26, Children’s Hospital Orange County was the first to get in on a little secret—Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announced Alli Simpson as their new teen ambassador. Co-founder of CMN Hospitals Marie Osmond joined Alli in visiting the hospital for Alli’s first official appearance as ambassador. A visit to Seacrest Studios by the dynamic duo allowed all CHOC patients to hear the big announcement from their rooms via podcast.

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As the grand unveiling continued, it was easy to see just how perfectly suited Alli is for this role, as she and Marie delighted patients with personal visits to hospital rooms and handed out special photos autographed by Alli. The new teen ambassador lists making others smile as one of her hobbies—the more than a few ear-to-ear smiles at CHOC on Friday proves she has quite a knack for doing so.

CHOC patient Charlotte was beaming a smile of her own as she, Alli, and Marie showed off their Miracle Bands together. At age 3, CHOC specialists diagnosed Charlotte with glycogen storage disease 1A, a rare metabolic disease preventing her liver from producing glucose properly. Charlotte’s condition requires constant maintenance, as left untreated it can lead to life-threatening complications.

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 “It’s the beautiful souls like Charlotte who inspire me to give back,” Alli described in a Facebook post about the event. “I am happy to announce that I am the teen ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I am honored to be a part of this with Marie Osmond. I loved visiting the Children’s Hospital of Orange County today, many more to come. Let’s all get amongst it, help these children and make them smile.” http://cmnh.co/0A

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Alli will be serving as teen ambassador for the one in 10 children across North America treated by 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year, and she will be raising awareness for hospitals like Children’s Hospital Orange County. We are particularly excited to have Alli feature a miracle child on her Radio Disney show “The Alli Simpson Show” each week, and we look forward to her joining us at future CMN Hospitals fundraising events, including Miracle Treat Day, Disney Princess Half Marathon, and Champions Ambassador Tour. 

We are so excited to welcome Alli as the newest member of the CMN Hospitals team and are grateful for her commitment to helping make miracles for children across North America!

Jun 30, 2015

President and CEO John Lauck Receives the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals President and CEO John Lauck recently was named the Ernst & Young 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Utah Region (in the social category).

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. They are stand-out innovators, job creators and risk takers, and they inspire us all to want to build a better future. All of these leading entrepreneurs, including John, were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders.

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John accepted the award during a ceremony held at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. John immediately thanked all Children Miracle Network Hospitals employees from across North America for their commitment to innovation and the 10 million kids treated at its 170 hospitals each year. “This recognition is directly tied to all their hard work and dedication towards Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” John said. “This award shows that we are not only making a difference in those children’s lives, but also in their communities.” 

As a regional award winner, John and CMN Hospitals are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov, 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

“This award is just the beginning for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” John said. “We will keep innovating new ideas to reach our goal of raising a billion dollars annually by 2022 so children’s hospitals can keep their doors open.”

Congratulations, John and to all CMN Hospitals employees!

 

Jun 23, 2015

Chris Pratt Teaches Children's Hospital Patients How to Train Velociraptor

On June 20, 2015 actor Chris Pratt, best known for his role in Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy, took time out from filming his new movie The Magnificent Seven and paid a visit to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La.

The children were all smiles as Pratt signed autographs for the patients, had fun conversations with them by their bedsides, and posed for pictures. The hospital offered thanks to Pratt for lifting the children’s spirits by visiting and handing out Jurassic World goodies. He even reenacted his now-famous raptor-training scene from the movie for the kids and taught them how to train a velociraptor.

This is not the first time Pratt has visited a children’s hospital. Last year he surprised kids at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles by showing up dressed as a character from another role. He also participated in a Super Bowl bet with fellow Marvel star Chris Evans, which resulted in visits to children’s hospitals in both Seattle and Boston, earlier this year.

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Jun 18, 2015

Extra Life program hits Los Angeles, Calif. for E3 2015

Every June, game developers from around the world descend in Los Angeles, Calif. for three days of industry conferences, demonstrations and networking. For the last five years, CMN Hospitals fundraising program Extra Life has been on the front lines, spreading awareness for the charity and the community of gamers that play for children's hospitals.

Nestled in the West lobby, where tens of thousands pass by as they enter one of two show floors, the Extra Life booth was staffed with participants from local area "guilds" who helped recruit registrants while informing visitors of the program's mission. A custom flip book station, graffiti wall and photo booth completed the Extra Life Experience for guests dropping by.

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Managing Director and Extra Life founder Jeromy "Doc" Adams also met with several international media outlets - including Forbes, Fast Company and Yahoo! Tech - to explain the grassroots program that has raised more than $14 million for children's hospitals to date.

As the show wore on, gamers' interest in giving back became increasingly prevalent. By the time the doors closed on Thursday afternoon, Extra Life had become a hot topic amongst industry leaders on the expo floor and more than 1,000 attendees had registered.

Special thanks are due to: the ESA Foundation and IDG World Expo for their generous support of Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Los Angeles and Orange County Extra Life Guilds and sponsoring partners Twitch and Sony Pictures.

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Jun 13, 2015

Maaco and Meineke Launch “Fathers Going Further”

Update:

We'd like to congratulate Miracle Dad James for being selected as the Father Going Further.

Driven Brands is honoring three Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals' Miracle Dads for Father’s Day this year. Now through June 21, Maaco and Meineke are asking the public to vote for one deserving dad to win an overall paint job from Maaco and a year’s worth of car care and maintenance from Meineke. Visit http://cmnh.co/n6 and http://cmnh.co/n7 to learn more.

Let's take a look at these three Miracle Dads:

Miracle Dad Michael

As a dad, Michael always puts his family first. He has an immense amount of strength and courage that his wife and son depend on every day. He has supported his son through more than 20 surgeries and procedures, driving three hours at a time to get him safely to Riley Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and back. Michael is by his family’s side as much as possible, but works hard in his profession to ensure they have everything they need.

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Though it breaks his heart, Michael continues working during the week and visits his son while he is in the hospital on the weekends. While his son’s sickness has been a tough and terrifying experience, Michael has never given up hope. Even when he’s three hours away, even when he’s wanted nothing more than to be with them, he works hard so that he can provide the best life for his family.

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Michael is a Father Going Further for his dedication to his son, his wife, and always going the extra mile – even when it’s the hardest mile he’s ever known. 

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Miracle Dad Chuck

When Chuck’s first-born daughter was transported to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, for treatment, he had absolute faith that she would be in the hands of doctors and staff who truly care. Chuck has known Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since college, when he raised funds for the organization during a charity golf tournament.

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Chuck rarely left his daughters side throughout her treatments and procedures, even when it meant spending extended time away from the rest of their family. He was there for her during four open-heart surgeries, and is described as the family rock, as his constant love and support got their family through tough times. 

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Fortunately for Chuck and his family, his daughter is alive and healthy. She is a dedicated older sister who loves gymnastics. Chuck is a Father Going Further who held his family together as they faced unimaginable challenges, and continues to do so today.

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Miracle Dad James

James is a 20-year Army veteran who started a family with the love of his life. They had two children, a son and a daughter. Just two weeks after their little girl was born, James’ wife was diagnosed with stage four skin cancer. She died a year later. 

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Before James’ wife passed away, the family learned that her cancer had been transferred to their baby girl, Addison. Faced with the hardest situation of his life, James didn’t give up, and dedicated his life to his daughter’s care. 

Addison lost her hard-fought battle when she was two-years-old. Today, James continues her legacy by fundraising and volunteering for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. He also is going to school to become a social worker to help other families.

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James is a Father Going Further who overcame heartbreak and tragedy and continues to inspire other children and their families who are going through similar journeys.  

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You can vote once per day, per page, now through June 21. Visit http://cmnh.co/n6 and http://cmnh.co/n7 to learn more.

Jun 11, 2015

Champions 2015-2016 Ambassador Tour: Day Five

This morning our Champion Ambassadors and Miss America woke up bright and early to broadcast live from The National Press Club in Washington, DC to stations in their home states.

 

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The 2015-2016 Champions Ambassador Tour, aimed to raise awareness on the charitable need of children's hospitals, is presented by Delta Air LinesMarriott International andChico's FAS, Inc. 

Meet the Champion at your state at http://cmnh.co/champions. Follow the Tour at #Champions15 on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Jun 10, 2015

Champions 2015-2016 Ambassador Tour: Day Four

The Champion Ambassador Tour is aimed at raising awareness for the charitable needs of children's hospitals. Today, our Champion Ambassadors visited with Heath and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, representing children just like them who are treated at our 170 member children's hospitals across North America. 

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Our Champions then joined together at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC, to watch Fox Entertainment's Rio 2, with themed treats and words from special guest, JW Marriott General Manager Satinder Palta. We are grateful for our partnership with Marriott International, one that has spanned over multiple decades and resulted in more than $100 million in donations. 

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The 2015-2016 Champions Ambassador Tour, aimed to raise awareness on the charitable need of children's hospitals, is presented by Delta Air LinesMarriott International andChico's FAS, Inc. 

Meet the Champion at your state at http://cmnh.co/champions. Follow the Tour at #Champions15 on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Photography by Kirstin Roper

Jun 09, 2015

Champions 2015-2016 Ambassador Tour: Day Three

Today our Champions and their guests departed the JW Marriott and headed to Capitol Hill, where they stood amongst each other as Champion Ambassadors and as friends. Following lunch in the Hart Senate Building, they prepared for visits with their state representatives and made quite a splash on social media:

 

The 2015-2016 Champions Ambassador Tour, aimed to raise awareness on the charitable need of children's hospitals, is presented by Delta Air LinesMarriott International andChico's FAS, Inc. 

Meet the Champion at your state at http://cmnh.co/champions. Follow the Tour at #Champions15 on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Photography by Kirstin Roper

Jun 08, 2015

Champions 2015-2016 Ambassador Tour: Day Two

Today Champions and their guests departed the Marriott and headed to an afternoon of fun at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta, Ga. for a private meet and greet with Delta employees and executives. Afterwards, they boarded the 'Champions One' private B767-300 Charter Flight to Washington, DC where they will spend the week together to raise awareness and serve as the face for the millions of children treated at our hospitals every year. 

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 318 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Delta’s Force for Global Good’s year-round commitment involves hospital fundraising, public awareness through their network (both in-flight and on-ground), employee volunteerism, and the underwriting of air travel for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and its beneficiaries. With more than 80,000 employees worldwide, the spirit of giving embodied by Delta employee volunteers symbolizes the heart and soul of Delta people worldwide.

The 2015-2016 Champions Ambassador Tour, aimed to raise awareness on the charitable need of children's hospitals, is presented by Delta Air LinesMarriott International andChico's FAS, Inc. 

Meet the Champion at your state at http://cmnh.co/champions. Follow the Tour at #Champions15 on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Photography by Kirstin Roper

Jun 07, 2015

Champions 2015-2016 Ambassador Tour: Day One

62 children enter a Children's Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year.

These kids aren’t in faraway countries or from opposite sides of the nations - they’re in your community. They may be your own children.

Every year, we identify a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These “Champions” serve as the face for the millions of children treated at our hospitals every year. Our Champions and their families travel to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. on an official Ambassador Tour to highlight the vital work of children’s hospitals.

Today, miracles passed through Delta gates as 53 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals patients made their way to Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The 2015-2016 Champions Ambassador Tour, aimed to raise awareness on the charitable need of children's hospitals, is presented by Delta Air LinesMarriott International and Chico's FAS, Inc. 

Meet the Champion at your state at http://cmnh.co/champions. Follow the tour at #Champions15 on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Photography by Kirstin Roper 

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