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Jul 17, 2014

Get Your Groove On for Local Kids

It’s not every day you see both kids and grown adults dancing through a 5k in neon tutus, but it’s a sight that makes one mom especially proud.

Dee Ann Littlefield recalls how the community rallied around her family when daughter Laycee was born with six heart defects and spent the first 11 weeks of her life at their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Three years later, friends and neighbors are again showing their support — some with more rhythm than others — as they shimmy, step and twist their way to the Dance Dash finish line, all while raising vital funds for their community’s CMN Hospital that nursed Laycee to health.

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Team "Laycee's League" rallies for Laycee's health at Dance Dash in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Dance Dash, a unique, high-energy event created exclusively for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is a 5k... with a twist. It challenges participants to not only walk or run a 5k course, but also to learn a few dance moves along the way. Dance Dashers will pause at different points throughout the race to learn a sequence of steps and, at the end, combine them to create a large, flash-mob style dance party.

Littlefield says she was humbled and honored by the outpouring of support and glad to see everyone having such a great time. Two teams dancing and dashing in Laycee’s honor, “Laycee’s League” and “Laycee’s Miracle Warriors,” raised nearly $4,000 for the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Laycee is now 3 years old and doing quite well, so those who know her story were eager to make sure other local sick and injured kids have the same chance at getting better.

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Laycee celebrates her third birthday.

Similar stories are popping up as Dance Dash makes its way across the country.

Each participating community will have the opportunity to don their running shoes and dancing gear to help sick and injured kids treated at their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Patient families impacted by the local hospital will be leading the way. Participants are encouraged to fundraise for local kids and in return will receive fun, event-themed accessories, including sunglasses, socks, coolers and headphones.

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So grab your family, friends or coworkers and sign up for a fun-filled day of dancing and dashing for a good cause. Check to see if your city is participating and register, at: www.DanceDash.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To see more pictures and keep up to date with all things Dance Dash, "Like" the official Dance Dash Facebook page at facebook.com/DanceDash5K.

Jul 02, 2014

Ace Hardware Kicks Off "Ace Cares For Kids" Campaign

Starting yesterday, participating Ace Hardware locations are now promoting their "Ace Cares for Kids" campaign and selling icons at registers for $1 a piece. The icons feature Aiden Morales of Phoenix, Ariz., a patient from Phoenix Children's Hospital, and will be available at registers through July 13. In addition, Ace will help make miracles one bucket at a time on August 16: for a $5 donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, customers receive a limited edition five-gallon bucket with an additional 20 percent off everything that fits in the bucket (at participating locations, some restrictions apply).

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Read more about the "Ace Cares For Kids" campaign, Ace Hardware and the Ace Foundation, here.

Jun 30, 2014

Say "yes" to miracles!

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has created a movement to help kids across the country and in your own community. It’s called Give a Miracle – and it’s the easiest, most powerful way for you to show sick and injured children that you care!



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Through the campaign’s pages, you will meet Zion, Landen, Ashlyn and Karen – children who represent the millions of kids who need our help. See their faces and read their stories.



Now, please help our group grow, by telling your friends and families about Give a Miracle. This exciting campaign is a quick and simple way that we can join together to help all children get the top-quality care they deserve. Please take a minute to post a link to this blog post on Facebook, or email the link to your loved ones.



You can meet kindred spirits, and feel the warmth of miracles, by joining our Facebook and Twitter communities.



Above all, the single most powerful way that you can transform children’s lives is to donate to Give a Miracle. Your donation will be put to work saving the lives of children in your community – funding quality care, life-saving research, cutting-edge equipment purchases, or paying for uncompensated care.

Each year, one out of every ten children in North America is cared for by a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital – receiving treatment that saves their lives.

The kids who need help from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals face all kinds of challenges. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others require constant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic disease.


Thank you for saying yes to miracles!

Jun 24, 2014

Four ways to show them you care

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to help, it’s now!

The moment a child arrives at his or her Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, a miracle is in the making.

Today, we want you to be the first to know about a new movement to help even more children across the nation and in your community. It’s never been easier to help kids get the life-saving care they need – announcing Give a Miracle!

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Here’s how you can give kids the care they need.  

1.) Invite your friends and families to join you in being part of Give a Miracle. This is a quick and simple way for you to grow our group of concerned friends. Please take a moment now to send an email to the people in your life who agree with you that every child deserves the best care in his or her community. Include a link to https://giveamiracle.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/ in your email, and watch our group of concerned people grow!  

2.) Use your time online to help the kids who need you! Connect with fellow supporters in our Facebook community, join the conversation on Twitter, and discover great content created just for you on Instagram and Pinterest.

3.) Give a Miracle. Provide critical treatments, equipment and charitable care for kids in your community – please donate $10, $25, or $50 towards a miracle today!

4.) Continue to learn the latest information by reading our blog. Here, we’ll share updates on the children you’re assisting, along with other late-breaking news that will interest you! You’ll be in on stories from Give a Miracle, and together, we’ll build unstoppable momentum to give life-saving care to kids across the country.

Thank you for helping us make miracles!

Jun 06, 2014

Look for CMN Hospitals in Your Local Walmart's Baby Department This Month

For more than 25 years, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has enjoyed an incredible relationship with the wonderful associates at Walmart. Through June 11, Walmart customers and Sam’s Club members can make a donation to their CMN Hospital at the register.

In addition, even after this campaign is completed, our friends at Walmart will continue to raise awareness for CMN Hospitals in June through some exciting new activities in the stores’ Baby department.

We are thrilled that the support for our member hospitals continues to pour in — from TV shows to Walmart suppliers — wanting to make a difference in the lives of local kids. Below are some of the upcoming activities happening this month:

- Ella, a 6-year-old Miracle Child, is sharing her story across the U.S. through Walmart and its Every Little Steps campaign. 

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Ella's story: After nearly two months of bed rest for her mom, Miracle Child Ella was born six and a half weeks early, weighing 3 pounds, 14 ounces. She spent her first two weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit and was treated by her Children's Miracle Network Hospital for heart and skull issues. Thanks to the great care she received, Ella is now a healthy 6-year-old who loves to ski, swim and chase after her little brother. 

Keep an eye out for CMN Hospitals signage in the Walmart Baby department in stores nationwide, featuring Ella and inviting customers to Put Their Money Where the Miracles Are:

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- Through a relationship with Walmart supplier Proctor & Gamble, The ABC Family television series Bet On Your Baby will feature CMN Hospitals Miracle Child Joshua on Saturday, June 14 at 8/7c. Mom bloggers and consumers will be live tweeting throughout the episode from 8-9 p.m. EST. For each tweet featuring the #LuvsBOYB hashtag, one Luvs diaper will be donated to CMN Hospitals (up to 10,000 diapers).

- On June 17 at noon EST, Johnson & Johnson will host a Twitter party to build buzz around the Johnson Baby promotion, where $1 from select purchases in June will benefit CMN Hospitals. Consumers can join the conversation by following the hashtaag #JohnsonBabyCARES.

- Now through August, Walmart supplier Johnson & Johnson will also donate $1 for photos shared on the Donate A Photo app. Users must select Children's Miracle Network Hospitals as the benefiting charity. Watch for specially marked Johnson & Johnson products for more details

- Throughout June, $1 per purchase of any Johnson’s Baby, Aveeno Baby and Desitin products, along with Infant Tylenol and Infant Motrin will go to CMN Hospitals, up to $200,000. Additionally, a portion of proceeds from all Gerber products will benefit CMN Hospitals from May 14 - June 28, up to $200,000. Pampers and Walmart are also partnering to donate $200,000.

White Cloud, a paper products company, recently announced the winners of its tissue box design contest between patients treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Four kids will have their artwork printed on special edition tissue boxes available exclusively at Walmart through June. The winners also earned a $15,000 donation and a yearlong supply of paper products for their member hospital. White Cloud will donate an additional $95,000 to CMN Hospitals.

All of us at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are very grateful for this outpouring of support to raise funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals!

We'd like to offer a huge thanks to Ella and her family for sharing her inspiring story to help remind us of the importance of doing what we can to help save and improve the lives of local kids. 

 

Jun 03, 2014

Help Kids Stay Safe This Summer

Skip past hazards and breathe easy this season with these summer playtime tips.

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As the days get longer and warmer, kids and adults alike have plenty of reasons to get outdoors, but there are extra dangers to be on the lookout for. Drowning is the number one cause of injury-related death for kids ages 1-4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but water isn’t the only potential hazard to be aware of this summer.

Brush up on these Children's Miracle Network Hospitals-approved tips to keep your family safe this season.

Set rules for wheels. Properly fitted helmets are a must whenever bikes, boards, scooters, skates or ATVs are involved. Teach kids to ride or roll in a single-file line and always walk their bikes or boards across the street at crosswalks. Children under 10 should stick to sidewalks and paths, and remember reflectors are essential for anyone rolling after dark.

Leave the pyrotechnics to the pros. There’s no such thing as a safe firework, says Lisa Reichter, a trauma nurse coordinator at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha. Even sparklers burn at temperatures above 1,000 degrees and cause a surprising number of injuries each year. Instead, pull out the glow sticks to avoid burning little fingers and hands.

Mind the heat. Have fun indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If that’s not an option, experts at Arkansas Children’s Hospital recommend wearing light- colored and lightweight clothing, taking shaded breaks every 20 to 30 minutes and drinking water or sports drinks every 15 minutes when active. And never leave a child unattended in a warm car. Even not-so-hot days can pose a risk, as inside temperatures rise quickly, becoming life threatening in 10 minutes or less.

Beware of bugs. Scented soaps, perfumes, hair sprays and standing pools of water are magnets for the creepy crawlies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends insect repellents containing 10-30 percent DEET for children over 2 months old. Say no to combination sunscreen/insect repellent since sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours and repellent does not.

Save your skin and your sight. Both sunny and cloudy skies call for sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher applied 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Add tight-weaved clothing, brimmed hats and swimwear with built-in UVA protection to adequately prepare your family for sun exposure. And don’t forget the sunglasses — those eyes need cover, too!

Be water wise. A child can drown in 1 inch of water. Never leave kids alone near filled-buckets, bathtubs, toilets, wading or swimming pools, or any body of water. Moms and dads should learn CPR and stay within an arm’s length of young swimmers. Medical sources at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia also insist kids wear a fitted, U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device on all boats, at all times.

To learn more about your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and ways you can help make kids healthier, visit CMNHospitals.org 

May 29, 2014

A Sure Bet: Miracle Child To Be Featured on Bet On Your Baby TV Show

We are excited to announce that a Miracle Family from our Network's Children's Hospital Los Angeles will be featured on the third episode of ABC Family's Bet On Your Baby this season.

Don't let the name fool you — there aren't any slot machines or black jack tables. Bet On Your Baby is a game show featuring a handful of kids playing in an off-stage room with the host. The on-stage parents, observing their children via a live-feed screen, try to ‘bet’ on their child's next move or activity. Each family is playing for a chance to win scholarships — or even a full-ride — to college for their child.

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One of our long-standing corporate partners, Walmart, spearheaded the show with the recognition that many television programs today are not quite suited for all audiences. Walmart wanted to create a family-friendly series that could also afford the opportunity to feature their partners and causes — like sick and injured kids!

Five-year-old Joshua Miller and his parents Michael and Laura were all smiles during the California taping and were interviewed on screen while they sat in the audience. Joshua was a natural performer and even read off a teleprompter for the host with ease.

Joshua was born with challenges associated with a condition called Werner Mesomelic Dysplasia with Hirschsprung Disease, caused by genetic mutations. He has undergone multiple surgeries on his heart and limbs, and his feet were amputated when he was a toddler, so he relies on artificial legs.

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Nonetheless, he is very bright and was 10 times more agile and gregarious than anyone in the room. His family was humble, engaged and well-spoken. The Millers were also interviewed off-screen by blogger Candy Kirby, which will appear on Bet On Your Baby’s website once the show airs.

We love sharing the unique stories of the many Miracle Families at our 170 member hospitals. Thanks to Walmart, Luvs, the producers of Bet on Your Baby and the hard-working staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of our Miracle Families will be featured on national television.

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Bet On Your Baby will air Saturdays on ABC Family at 8pm/7c from May 31 – July 19. The CMN Hospitals segment will be featured on the third episode of the show on Saturday, June 14. Be sure to tune in!

To learn more about Joshua, take a peek at this video:

 

May 23, 2014

Produce For Kids Campaign Kicking Off May 25

Across the country, grocery shoppers can help support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this spring and summer – just by shopping for healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables at local Publix, Meijer and Price Chopper grocery stores. Starting May 25th, Produce for Kids® will kick off its 12th annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, which is expected to pass $5 million in overall contributions to several children’s charities in 2014.

You can visit www.produceforkids.com for additional information on the campaign, and over 150 produce-centered recipes and healthy tips from real parents. Just a few of the Produce for Kids recipes being featured this spring include the PB&J Popsicles, Pepperoni Pizzadillas and Easy Summer Salad. Be sure to follow Produce for Kids on Facebook for a chance to win great prizes during the campaign.

PB&J Popsicles

Serves: 6-8
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 2-4 hours

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3 cups blueberries
1 cup strawberries
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
½ cup unsweetened rice milk
¾ cup natural peanut butter
⅓ cup agave nectar

 

 

Directions:

1. Place blueberries, strawberries, vanilla extract, rice milk, peanut butter and agave nectar in blender and blend until smooth. 
2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze 4 hours, or until solid.

May 08, 2014

Walmart Canada employee's daughter Walks for Miracles

Walmart Canada associate Yasmin Johns was changing her newborn daughter Hannah’s diaper when she noticed the rash. Within moments, it had spread to Hannah's entire upper body. Yasmin immediately took Hannah to Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre. The doctors candidly told the family that Hannah had a very serious bacterial infection; she would need multiple skin surgeries to survive. 

The team at Children’s Health was committed to delivering exceptional care and support for Hannah and her family during her three-month stay in the intensive care unit. Yasmin truly believes her daughter would not be here today if it weren’t for the amazing doctors and nurses that gave her daughter care at their local Children’s Miracle Network member hospital. 

Now at age 11, Hannah is an active young girl who enjoys cheerleading, soccer, dance and getting involved in her community. Hannah loves participating in fundraisers like the Walmart Walk for Miracles to help other kids in need.

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Yasmin shares, “I cannot really put a metric on what the hospital has done for my family. I will be forever indebted to them. Hannah is a miracle who lives as every day is a new day. Her innocence and kindness was meant to help others and I believe the hospital knows that which each child they support.”

Children’s Miracle Network funds are used to support patient care, education and research and to enable the purchase of priority medical equipment that enabled Hannah’s treatment.

From May 15 – June 8, Walmart Canada is helping to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals.  Look for red and yellow Children’s Miracle Network balloon and make a donation to benefit a children’s hospital in your community.

“The Walmart Walk bring a sense of community and pride to all the people involved - all of whom have experienced the hospital services or have been touched by a story regarding a sick child. By engaging 90,000 associates country wide to support a national campaign at the same time is truly an amazing movement!”

Walmart Walk for Miracles Details

Through the Walk for Miracles presented by Walmart and Family Fun Day on June 8, you can:

1. Register to fundraise your way: host, quit, sell, shave, give up or do anything you choose
2. Register to fundraise and walk/run: register at one of 12 walk locations
3. Donate to children’s hospitals: support a co-worker, friend or family member

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Last year, more than 15,000 people of all ages took part in Walk-related activities, raising a record $6.3 million. This year, with your help, there's no limit to what we can achieve! Register here today to help a child in your community.

Scott's Ride for Miracles makes a stop at CMN Hospitals headquarters

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals national headquarters received a special visit when Scott Ressmeyer and his team of Miracle Riders dropped by the office on Day 7 of a 21-day road trip.

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Every spring, Scott and his group hits the road on motorcycles to raise funds for member hospital Midtown Medical Center at Columbus Regional Health. The journey takes them through 48 states over the course of 21 days, all to raise funds and awareness for children's hospitals. This is the sixth year the group has made the jaunt. Next year, on their final ride, the team expects to surpass the $1 million raised mark.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals staff members took the riders on a tour throughout the building, spent time learning about their journey and received official "Sherriff's Posse" pins before seeing off the brigade on their way to Reno, Nev.

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Good luck to the group on the last two legs of their adventure!

Learn more about Scott's Ride For Miracles, here.

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