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Jun 24, 2016

#ChampionsForKids tour on Snapchat.


Our Champion Ambassadors are arriving to Washington, D.C. this week and will start the first leg of their Ambassador tour. Follow our Snapchat account to get behind-the-scenes access to all events happening. (username: cmnhospitals)


Meet the Champion from your state and watch for and use #ChampionsForKids on social.

The U.S. 2016-17 Champions Ambassador Tour is presented by Delta Air LinesMarriott InternationalChico's FAS, Inc. and Ace Hardware

Photography by Kirstin Roper

Jun 20, 2016

New Inductees in our 2016 Miracle Million Club

Let’s give a virtual round of applause for the following:

  • Costco made the Miracle Million Club and did it $1 at a time, focusing on the simple ask. It’s a true testament of how small and simple things can bring about amazing results. 


  • Circle K has been fundraising for CMN Hospitals since 2000. This year, three business units participated in the campaign: Heartland, Midwest and Great Lakes. Together they raised $1.28 million for 26 markets.

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  • During their 2016 campaign Corner Store and Nice N Easy Convenience Stores surpassed $1 million in their four-week campaign, raising an impressive $2.1 million overall, a 7 percent increase over their 2015 total. Since 1995, Corner Store and Nice N Easy have raised over $25 million in support of 36 member hospitals.


  • Cumulus is now in the MMC club. So far in 2016 they have raised over $1.5 million.  This has been accomplished with the addition of three new markets: San Francisco, Cincinnati and Knoxville.  This bring the total number of Cumulus Radiothons in the first half of the year to 10.

  • As a result of their Mix and Denver stations exceeding $1 million, both CBS and Entercom as broadcast companies qualify as MMC members. There will be about 11 more CBS Radiothons and 6 more Entercom events in the second half of the year.

  • iHeart Media exceeded the million dollar benchmark with 10 markets reaching terrific results so far in 2016. Over $1.5 million has been raised due to the influence of local talent and their creativity in finding new ways to increase exposure and the ask. One of the major sponsors in Albany, New York, increased their donation by $25,000 because they had a good year!

Thank you to the 12 stations that helped iHeart Media reach this mark:


  • Panda Express corporate staff, field teams, restaurant managers and hourly associates participated in the Panda Care’s Associate Giving Campaign earlier this year to raise a record $427,000 from personal donations and payroll contribution pledges. This, together with its in-store donations box program, helped Panda reached the $1 million for 2016. In 2015, Panda raised an impressive $4.9 million, and has raised more than $12 million for 120 children’s hospitals since 2007.


  • Congratulations, RE/MAX, on raising your first $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this year, and earning a spot in the 2016 Miracle Million Club. Through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs, RE/MAX offices and agents across the United States and Canada support their communities by making donations on behalf of their clients. Since partnering with CMN Hospitals in 1992, RE/MAX agents have donated more than $147 million to help our 170 member hospitals keep making miracles happen for local kids.

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  • During their 2016 campaign, Stripes® Convenience Stores surpassed $1 million in just three weeks, raising an impressive $1.5 million overall. Since 1998, Stripes has raised over $8 million in support of member children’s hospitals in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  


Congratulations, and thank you for supporting local kids.

Jun 11, 2016

Miracle Kids Making a Difference at Publix.

Miracle Balloons have been popping up in Publix stores over the last three weeks. Credit for the successful 25th anniversary Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign may be due, in part, to Miracle Kids Camden, Elie, Jude, Oliver and Kirstyn. These five pediatric patients from UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, are just a small sampling of the patients from many hospitals who visited Publix stores and inspired associates and customers to help more kids like them. This year’s campaign will benefit 24 member hospitals and add to the more than $34 million that Publix has raised for CMN Hospitals since 1992.



Camden was born with a severe form of congenital heart disease and also has DiGeorge Syndrome, meaning he’s missing his 22nd chromosome. He’s endured two major open heart surgeries, two abdominal surgeries, three general surgeries and five heart catheterizations.

Now at nearly 4 years old, Camden loves football and his little brother, Parker. 


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After months of stomach aches, ER visits and tests, Elizabeth was diagnosed with a rare liver disease and requires a special diet to keep her feeling well. Elizabeth’s treatment plan will be a work in progress as she grows. Because UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is home to a world renowned specialist for her condition, Elizabeth was able to be diagnosed and treated to avoid lengthy hospital stays. Recent checkups show her labs are normal and she is growing! Even though she may not always feel well, Elizabeth is a fierce volleyball player, enjoys playing the piano, building with Legos and she loves arts and crafts.


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Kirstyn had some abnormal blood work when she was 24 hours old and was immediately transferred to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for advanced jaundice. She responded well to treatment, but experienced some breathing issues and was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit. With her health declining hourly, Kirstyn wasn’t expected to live through the night. She fought through the night and was released nine weeks later. Now 11, Kirstyn has had 14 additional hospital stays for her rare metabolic disorder. She’s a bright, fun-loving girl who is able to receive regular care thanks to donations — like those from Publix customers and associates — to CMN Hospitals.

May 26, 2016

Thank You, Panda Express Associates.

More than $427,000 was raised for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through the Panda Express associate giving campaign that took place in 1,900 stores this year.

“CMN Hospitals provides world-class care for children suffering from every injury and illness imaginable,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Panda Express associates embody the spirit of giving, and we are grateful for all those who opened up their generous hearts to help make miracles happen in their own communities.”

Thanks to the 30,000 Panda Express associates for supporting the more than 10 million kids treated at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital each year.




Thanks for all you do for the kids, Panda Express.

May 13, 2016

Maverick's Top Seven Favorite Fenway Moments

When you meet Maverick Schutte, he's likely to ask you to name your top seven favorite superheroes, baseball players and even French fries. And then he'll tell you his. 

At the top of his baseball players' list is his hero, Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz (Big Papi), whom he recently met at Fenway Park. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for the 6-year-old from Cheyenne, Wyoming, who was born with a complex congenital heart defect. In a few weeks, he'll undergo his fourth open heart surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado

Before playing the Yankees a few weeks prior, Ortiz promised Maverick he would hit a home run for him [hyperlink to video]. And Ortiz delivered [hyperlink to video]. "Big Papi, you never let me down," Maverick told him. At Fenway, Ortiz presented Maverick with the now infamous home run ball. 

In honor of Maverick's top 7 lists, we give you...

Mavericks' Top Seven Favorite Fenway Moments

1. Meeting my hero, Big Papi.


2. Trying on Wally the Green Monster's hat.


3. Signing the Pesky Pole.

Signing The Pole


4. Spending time with my second-favorite baseball player, Kevin Millar.

Millar gave Maverick a tour of Fenway, including a look behind the infamous Green Monster, and then joined Millar on his MLB Network show, Intentional Talk. Maverick's story, including his adventures at Fenway, will be featured on the show at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 12. 


5. Throwing out the first pitch.

There were big cheers from the crowd when the Red Sox introduced Maverick. Joining him for the first pitch were Millar and Ortiz. 

First Pitch

6. Staying in the Custom House in downtown Boston.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner Marriott Vacations Worldwide donated accommodations and provided first-class service. Maverick could see all of Boston Harbor from his window.


7. Sharing the day with my family.

Maverick' family shares his love for the Red Sox. In fact, his mom and stepfather were married in Red Sox jerseys. 


 Maverick is one of more than 10 million kids treated each year at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations help him live a better life. Give at

Photos courtesy of Rich Ryan Photography, Boston, Mass.

Carl Edwards Visits Children's Hospital On His Way To Race For CMN Hospitals

After visiting dozens of children this afternoon at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, MD, Carl Edwards and the No.19 STANLEY race team head into Dover International Speedway this Sunday with a million reasons to find a way to win.

As part of the continued “Racing for a Miracle” program, Edwards and the No. 19 STANLEY team spent the afternoon playing games, giving pit stop demonstrations and sharing smiles with the children of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. It was a welcome experience for the young patients who show immeasurable strength on a daily basis. It was just the reminder that the team needed before preparing for Sunday’s race with an extra incentive. If Edwards and the No. 19 team win, STANLEY will donate $1 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation.

The pledge is part of the most successful and longest-running campaign in NASCAR that benefits patients of 150 children’s hospitals across the United States. The “Racing for a Miracle” program with STANLEY and the Ace Hardware Foundation will once again pledge $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It’s a total contribution of over a million dollars since the program started to help member hospitals and local children.

Follow the event at #Racing4Miracles. For more information on the “Racing for a Miracle” program, including more ways to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit

May 10, 2016

Congratulations, Champion Graduates! UPDATED

This spring, young adults across North America will cross the stage to accept diplomas, on their way to starting the next phase of their lives. Several Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions will be attending their own commencement ceremonies. What sets these individuals apart from their fellow graduates is the journey they have undergone as a result of a medical condition. Meet some of our graduating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions below.

Kyle Stepp, 2011 New Mexico Champion


For the last five years we’ve watched Kyle grow from an ambitious teenager to a seasoned advocate for children’s hospitals. This spring, Kyle is graduating from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Integrative Studies for Innovation. As the 2015 UNM Homecoming King, 2016 UNM Greek Man of the Year and 2016 Clauve Outstanding Senior Awardee, we think it’s safe to say Kyle has had an incredible year. Kyle will also be addressing his fellow students as the Class of 2016 University of New Mexico Spring Commencement Keynote Speaker. Following graduation, he’ll begin his post with the national staff for the Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity. He hopes his time with ATO is followed by a career at a children’s hospital where he can continue his advocacy for kids. We can’t wait to see what the next five years has in store for Kyle.

UPDATE: Kyle's commencement speech

Keegan Passos, 2014 Hawaii Champion

Keegan on april 4th 2016 when he turned 18

Keegan will be graduating on May 19 from Waipahu High School in Waipahu, Hawaii. He is interested in attending massage therapy school where he can develop therapeutic skills to help hospitalized children cope with stress. Keegan also plans to continuing his advocacy on behalf of CMN Hospitals and being a mentor for Kardiac Kids, a support group in Keegan’s community for families with children born with heart disease. Keegan’s medical journey is not quite over: he has another cardiac catheterization coming up in June. The confidence he gained while being a Champion has made him strong – he’ll continue to stay positive in the face of medical adversity.

Chiann Wheeler, 2015-16 California Champion


If graduating a year early doesn’t demonstrate Chiann’s ambitious attitude, we don’t know what does. The aspiring child psychologist didn’t let a setback with toxic shock syndrome stop her from completing her secondary school curriculum early. Not only that, Chiann’s future plans hardly involve taking time off from her studies and goals. “My goal is to educate young women on what toxic shock is,” she stated. Crediting her role as a CMN Hospitals Champion for affording her the opportunity to build her confidence, Chiann has already begun her advocacy for the condition by approaching local school administrators to plan lecture presentations.

Justyn Jenkins, 2015-16 West Virginia Champion



Nothing can stop Justyn from becoming a computer programmer and (video) game designer. The senior, set to cross the Robert C Byrd High School commencement stage on June 19 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, got a jump start on his career by successfully completing the school's special track of computer courses. Justyn seized the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as he could in the field he hopes to one day work in. We know with his perseverance and dedication to his education, that day will come for Justyn much sooner than later.


Join us in congratulating all our graduating Champions. Hip, hip, hooray!

May 09, 2016

Calling Creative Kids: Design the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Float for the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade

To raise awareness about the importance of donating to children’s hospitals, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is joining the iconic 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. This high-profile event is viewed annually by millions on multiple television networks.

Pediatric patients treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the U.S. are encouraged to submit float designs, depicting the parade theme: “Echoes of Success*” (description below). Consider how you define success in your life? Who or what helped get you there? These echoes help make us who we are.

Submitting artists also should include the following information about their design and themselves:
• Artist’s name
• Age (on Jan. 2, 2017)
• Address
• Phone number
• Children’s Miracle Network Hospital where treated
• Illness/Injury
• Why your children’s hospital is important to you and your care
• Photo (to be used when announcing the selected design)
• Name of conceptual design
• A written explanation of your design and details about the decision process

The creator of the selected design will receive:
• The opportunity to have his or her design featured in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade.
• All-expense-paid trip to the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2017 with three guests.

Designs must be submitted to: or to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Rose Parade Design, 205 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, and received by June 4, 2016.

The fine print. The selected design will be used to inspire the final floral design for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ float. Designs will be accepted by children 18 years of age and younger as of Jan. 2, 2017, and who are patients treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

*Echoes of Success
The 2017 Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme, "Echoes of Success," tells the story of how our character has developed through the selfless contributions of others and celebrates their inspirational gifts. It is a celebration for those people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others.

Our successes are unique to each of us. Success is not gauged by the final score, not by how much wealth we accumulate and should not be weighed against the accomplishments of others. Success is measured by our own personal satisfaction in knowing that we achieved our utmost by doing our best when facing challenges.

But success cannot be achieved alone. We need the support and influences of others. Family, teachers, friends and coaches contribute to our success. The cheering section at the finish line. The hospital volunteers. The teacher who stays after school to help a struggling student. The parents who drive to all of the soccer games. The little sister who says, “you can do it.”

These influences in our lives, these people of selfless commitment, these “Echoes of Success” make us who we are. The 2017 theme celebrates those who have been instrumental in helping each of us and in helping others achieve success. It’s about the people and cultures that lend us a hand in reaching our destination.

Examples of float designs from last year’s parade, themed “Find Your Adventure:”

Float - Kiehl's

Float - Miracle Gro

Float - Real California Milk

May 08, 2016

Happy Mother's Day. #MiracleMom

#MiracleMom Desiree gets the recognition she deserves. Shop limited-edition Miracle products at Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma Intimates and support kids treated at CMN Hospitals:

May 06, 2016

Thank you, Nurses.

May 6 to May 12 is National Nurses Week and to help celebrate the amazing work being done by nurses at our 170 member children's hospitals, we asked our Miracle Kids and Moms to share about their favorite nurse(s):


"Ashley has been my nurse, best friend and sister since I was three. She has always been there for me and is such an amazing person! Last April I was even a bridesmaid in her wedding!" - Miracle Child Hannah treated at Batson Children's Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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"This is Mateo with his all time favorite nurse, Carlos at Peace Health Sacred Heart Medical Center at River bend. Nurse Carlos is amazing with kids and an incredible person! Having him as our nurse always made admissions just a little bit easier!" - Miracle Mom Kayla


"Our favorites are our home-care nurses because they spent so much time with us and Ikaika, and still do fun things together, though we no longer need home care nursing. One of them is also an ER nurse, and we love that because we know we'll always be taken care of if we visit the ER. Nurses are awesome and Melissa is one of the BEST!" - Miracle Mom Amanda


"Dayna started taking care of Evan when he was just 6 months old at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dayna is the most caring and wonderful woman we know, and she has become family. We are blessed she came into our lives 16 years ago. And look forward to the years ahead!" - Miracle Mom Julie


"Amanda, Dayton's cajun nurse in the PICU at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital is one of many we love!" - Miracle Mom Katie


"Nurse Lynette is amazing, so much fun, sweet, makes any appointment or surgery not as hard, and she always makes Yszabehl feel safe ♡♡♡ she is the BEST! (This is with her surgeon too. We've been with them over 7 years and through 5 surgeries so far at Freeman Health System)." - Miracle Mom Amee


"We love Nurse Erin, Max's nurse at Children's Hospital Colorado, in the Oncology/Blood Disease department. Here is a shot of her (on the right) delivering a surprise birthday cake to Max during a chemo appointment." - Miracle Mom Lolly


"Although Drew had many favorite nurses, Sarah had a special bond with him. She was funny and always put a smile on his face, even though he was in so much pain. She even came up on her day off to sit with him so my husband and I could go to a special function for our daughter. She was extremely instrumental in his recovery. This is a picture of his first day outside after being in the PICU at Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart for a month. She will forever be a part of our family!" - Miracle Mom Wendy


"Nurse Mindy was Brenna's "primary" day nurse in the NICU at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital, and we grew very close with her as she cared for our daughter during her most critical days. Mindy was incredibly sensitive not only to Brenna's rare condition but to our needs, hopes and fears as well. Mindy embodies the field of nursing, as she is so kind, compassionate and extremely smart; we feel so fortunate to have had her on our medical team!" - Miracle Mom Courtney


"When asked who his favorite nurse was, Logan immediately said Thea. But he added that he has had many great nurses though his journey. Thea was Logan's first flight and even though Logan was an infant he can tell by the pictures and letters from her over the years how much she truly cares for him. Thea recently retired from being a NICU flight nurse after doing it for 19 years, but still remains nursing in the NICU at Children's Hospital Colorado." - Miracle Mom Tennille


"I couldn't just give one name because all of the nurses in this picture have their own relationship with JaKiah. These ladies made our weekly visits for chemo treatments bearable. They always made sure JaKiah was comfortable. As you can see they always picked her up no matter what. They are rooting for her to remain cancer free as much as we are as her parents. They're in pins and needles just like us every time we go in for her check up. She was definitely getting waited on hand and foot and while some of these ladies are no longer in the clinic because they've moved to the Hemoc/Onc floor at Arkansas Children's Hospital we will never forget them. Each and every one of them are and will forever be honorary Collins." - Miracle Mom Crystal

 Thank you to all the nurses who help make miracles happen for the 10 million kids treated annually at 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 

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