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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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(Vanna White and Miracle Child at MUSC Children's Hospital)

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.

Mar 10, 2015

Support Your Local Hospital with Miracle Mania Video Game

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Miracle Mania by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a fun and challenging puzzle game available on all major mobile platforms. In this match-three puzzle video game, you’ll need to race the clock and strategize your moves to advance to the next level.

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The game is free to download and all in-app purchases benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice. Get social with your friends by linking your Facebook account and see who is outpacing who in the leaderboards!  

Download the game here: iOS | Android | Windows |

Mar 02, 2015

National Pancake Day at IHOP

Tuesday, March 3 from 7a.m. - 10p.m. at participating IHOP restaurants across North America, diners can enjoy a free short stack of delicious buttermilk pancakes and leave a donation to help support their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. 

Fun facts about National Pancake Day:

 

  • IHOP has given away approximately 1 million short stacks of pancakes on National Pancake Day. That's 27 million pancakes over the last nine years!

 

  • If you were to stack all the pancakes that have been given away, they would reach 1.125 million feet. Or as tall as 900 Empire State Buildings. 

 

  • National Pancake Day has happened annually since 2006, raising more than $13 million dollars for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

 

  • There have been enough pancakes given away that they could stretch side-by-side from Miami to Los Angeles.

 

These might be the most important pancakes you eat all year. Donations raised during National Pancake Day help make miracles happen for sick and injured kids treated at 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Kids like Keegan, who was born with a congenital heart defect. Funds help bring a cardiologist to Keegan's member hospital which allowed him to stay closer to home during his multiple open-heart surgeries.

 

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Big shout out and thanks to Miss America 2015 Kira Kasantsev, Nathan Shields (our above pancake artist) and YOU for your support. You can get more information at http://ihoppancakeday.com/. Make sure to tag us @CMNHospitals and #NATLPancakeDay.

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(Miss America 2015, Kira Kasantsev)

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(Nathan Shields on New Day Northwest)

  

Feb 19, 2015

Good luck, Disney Princess Half Participants!

Today marks the official start of the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We are excited and proud to kick off our 2nd annual year as presenting sponsor and celebratory charity. Below are stories of a few runners who have gone above and beyond their fundraising goals - we send a special thank you to them and to all the runners who are helping make miracles happen for local kids!


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From running to recovery, ‪#‎MiracleMom‬ Dana wants her daughter to know that anything is possible. She'll be running the Run Disney ‪#‎PrincessHalf‬ in honor of Dylan and the challenges she's overcome due to hemiparesis.

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Miracle Mom Holly will be running her fifth Run Disney ‪#‎PrincessHalf‬ Marathon, in honor of her son’s sixth birthday and a daughter lost at 3 months of age. Holly runs to support her local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for the lifesaving care they provided for Ashton, a 25-week micro preemie, who is now active in karate, soccer and loves Ninja Turtles.

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Angela spent much of her childhood in and out of Seattle Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11. The disease continued to take its toll into adulthood, deteriorating her vision, leaving her unable to see her husband’s face as she walked down the aisle at their wedding in 2004.

Fortunately, Angela was able to take control of her condition; she defied the odds when she had her first of two children. She runs the Run Disney #PrincessHalf Marathon to thank the many hospital heroes that helped her get stronger in hopes of preventing other kids from enduring the medical challenges she faced.

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Blair, director, Dance Marathon at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, says she is running for a few 'princesses' she had the honor of getting to know through Dance Marathon. Blair says, "I run for them because I believe our passion is rooted in sharing stories - those of kids experiencing pediatric illness and injury - and I could not be more appreciative of the ways in which the Disney Princess Half Marathon has fostered this spirit. I never dreamed of being a princess, but I run so kids across North America can get the world-class treatment they need to make their dreams come true." 

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“I am running to help all the families I have seen though the years but couldn’t help.” Tisa Daniels is one of thousands gearing up for this weekend's Disney ‪#‎PrincessHalf‬ Marathon with Run Disney. We're wishing all participants a great run.

Ready, set, go!

 

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, presenting sponsor and celebratory charity of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, will be cheering Dana, Holly, Angela, Blair, Tisa and the 310 other runners who have raised more than $374,000 for CMN Hospitals. Learn more at: http://cmnh.co/jq

Feb 02, 2015

DIY: #WhoGetsMyHeart Valentine's Day Printable

Who are you giving your heart to this Valentine’s Day? Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is making spreading your love as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Watch this video for inspiration. There are many ways to design custom heart printables for your valentines.

 

2. Download and print your Valentine’s Day card printable. Click on the link below and right-click to save the image to your computer.

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3. Create unique and personalized cards with supplies from around the house or from a local craft store. Here are a few examples of Valentine’s Day card masterpieces to get your creativity flowing:

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Share your creations on social media with #WhoGetsMyHeart for all the world to see!

Jan 08, 2015

A Letter from John Lauck: ‘Walmart Associates’ Founders Award

By John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

This year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals gave our highest award to some very special supporters, ones who are making a huge difference in the lives of local kids: Walmart associates. 

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The CMN Hospitals Founders’ Award is given to top children’s hospital advocates, and past recipients have included Roy Disney, longtime senior executive at The Walt Disney Company; Bill Marriott, chairman of Marriott International; and Arnold Palmer, legendary professional golfer.

We honored the 1.4 million associates of Walmart and Sam’s Club in the U.S. and Canada with the Founder’s Award for the millions they raise, one dollar at a time, every year to help local children’s hospitals help local kids.

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In addition to supporting the annual “Miracle Balloon” campaign in which customers and members are invited to make a donation at the cash register, many Walmart and Sam’s Club associates have volunteered their time in unique ways: sewing newborn hats, hosting carnivals for patients or even making personal contributions. Collectively, associates’ efforts have raised more than $740 million since 1987 – an amount that adds up to life-saving improvements in children’s healthcare.

It is difficult to put into words how much the support of these dedicated men and women means to the kids and their families our hospitals treat. I have been able to meet many associates who passionately do all they can to help kids when they need it most—kids like Belle.

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Soon after being born, Belle was diagnosed with a serious kidney disorder. At age 5, Belle's kidneys began to fail, and dialysis was administered. Luckily, both parents were donor matches. They decided mom Michelle would provide her kidney, pending a full body exam. Doctors discovered Michelle had two malignant breast tumors just in time, and intense radiation and chemotherapy led to remission.

Dad Kyle stepped in as donor, and today they're all thriving - with Belle loving Disney princesses, dancing, cheerleading and becoming a whiz at the piano.

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CMN Hospitals funds raised by Walmart associates have supported Belle’s hospital's highly ranked transplant program, where she received the majority of her care since infancy.

I believe Walmart associates’ support of local kids like Belle shows they are living a philosophy Helen Walton once shared: “It’s not what you gather in life but what you scatter that tells the kind of life you have lived.”

The 10 million kids our hospitals treat, and their parents, can’t thank them enough.

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