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Jul 21, 2016

Five Ways to Play Pokémon Go, For The Kids

Chances are you are either playing Pokémon Go or can’t seem to find people who aren’t playing Pokémon Go. People can’t seem to get enough Rattatas or Pidgeys. However, did you know that you can catch Pokémon while also helping your kids at the same time? If you’re playing Pokémon Go (which, let’s be real, you are), here are a few ways to play and benefit your local children’s hospital:

1. Become a human billboard and wear a Miracle Band (which you can snag for free). Use these as an ice breaker. “Why am I wearing this? Did you know children's hospitals need support….”

2. Drop off lures for the pediatric patients at your local children’s hospital. Kids in hospitals want to play Pokémon Go, too. Wait! Before you do this, ask. Make sure to run this by hospital staff. While your intentions might be good, HIPPA and safety are extremely important factors to consider. If dropping off lures at the hospital isn’t an option, leave them at Dairy Queen locations on Thursday, July 28 for #MiracleTreatDay (August 11 in Canada.)

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3. When you meet new people around a gym or PokéStop, don’t be afraid to bring up the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program "Extra Life," the fundraiser for gamers of all types. They can register for free at extra-life.org and chances are Pokémon Go isn’t the only game they enjoy playing!

4. Organize a PokéWalk with members of your community to raise awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The Albany Extra Life Guild in New York recently organized a PokéWalk of their own and recruited — drumroll, please — 130 new Extra Lifers! If you are interested in organizing one at a park, be sure to talk with your local parks director to learn more about the rules and regulations of the particular area.

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5. Reach out to local businesses along your walking route, local PokéStops, or near your gyms. If they are already offering special deals for Pokémon Go players or seeing m more traffic from players, they might be more receptive to joining or supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in some way.

Pokémon Go has brought people together in new and fascinating ways. What better way to enjoy the game than to bring Children's Miracle Network Hospitals with you when you meet other people who are playing? Let’s get out there, have fun, and fight for the kids.  

Jul 18, 2016

New Inductees to our Miracle Million Club

2016 Miracle Million Club members as of July 1st! Let’s give a virtual round of applause for the following:

July_Dairy Queen[1]Since 1984, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $116 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and have once again reached Miracle Million Club status for 2016!  Dairy Queen operators across North America will continue their fundraising efforts thru the summer, culminating with DQ® Miracle Treat on Thursday, July 28 in the US and Thursday, August 11 in Canada.

Last year, Dairy Queen operators across the U.S. and Canada raised more than $5 million on Miracle Treat Day alone for their local CMN Hospitals.

To find your nearest participating location for Miracle Treat Day in the US, visit www.MiracleTreatDay.com and in Canada, visit www.MiracleTreatDay.ca.

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TD Bank Group has once again made it into the Miracle Million Club. Through their incredible 22-year partnership, TD employees and customers have raised over $75 million to help local children’s hospitals across Canada. Much of these funds are raised dollar by dollar through exciting branch events such as BBQs and bake sales and through automatic monthly donations contributed by their customers.

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We are very grateful to every employee at Walmart Canada for all of their efforts on the Children’s Miracle Network campaign. From the frontline to leadership, their hard work has resulted in another year of membership in the Miracle Million Club, raising $6 million dollars over their three-week campaign. Walmart Canada has raised over $100 million for member hospitals across Canada, most of it $1 at a time.

Ace Hardware's #MiracleBucket Day on Saturday, July 23rd.

Saturday July 23rd will mark another annual Miracle Bucket day at participating Ace Hardware locations.

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When shoppers purchase a $5 miracle bucket, everything that fits inside is 20% off. This event has raised more than $1.7 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in the past three years. Funds raised through Ace Hardware's miracle bucket will help kids like Kasey:

Jun 30, 2016

Until Next Year, #ChampionsForKids.

This has been a busy week for our Champion ambassadors. They told stories of how local donations impacted them at their children's hospital to CMN Hospitals' corporate partners, leaders of government and the public at large.

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Meet the Champion from your state and watch for and use #ChampionsForKids on social. Check out what Champions did on Day one, Day two, Day threeDay four and Day five.

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 29, 2016

Coming to a local news station near you: #ChampionsForKids Day five.

Coming to you live bright and early from the Newseum with our Champions. Today they participated in satellite media tours to their local TV stations.

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Watch some clips:

Meet the Champion from your state and watch for and use #ChampionsForKids on social. Check out what Champions did on Day one, Day two, Day three and Day four.

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 28, 2016

Taking Over the Dirksen Senate Office Room With #ChampionsForKids: Day Four.

Future government leaders, perhaps? They sure look the part! Our Champions visited the Dirksen senate office building for lunch and inspiring message from former Champion and inspiration speaker, Josh Sundquist.

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They also had special guests stop by including Senators from Alaska and Kansas, among others.

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Champions toured the capitol and met with their state representatives. Thanks for giving our Champions your time: 

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Meet the Champion from your state and watch for and use #ChampionsForKids on social. Check out what Champions did on Day one, Day two and Day three.

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

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Jun 27, 2016

#ChampionsForKids spotted at: @Marriott headquarters and a @Nationals game. It's day three!

Marriott International has been a partner of CMN Hospitals since the beginning, raising more than $110 million for sick and injured kids. Today, New York Champion Teddy sat down with Marriott International president and CEO Arne Sorensen at the Marriott headquarters in Bethesda, MD. They talked about charitable giving, the property with the best pool and how Arne inspires the culture of giving amongst Marriott employees.

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We also saw Deborah Marriott Harrison, who had heart surgery as a young child:

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Teddy went live on our Facebook page from the Renaissance hotel room model with Jennifer from Marriott and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO John Lauck. You can watch it on our Facebook page here.

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Meanwhile, back in the District, bravery was the theme at a meeting with Champion families, Miss America and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D. The Surgeon General urged Champions to stay strong through their ambassadorship, reminded them of the importance of kindness and even donated $100 to show support.

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It's summer in D.C. and what better way to celebrate than at a baseball game? Our Champions were recognized on the filed at  Nationals Park for the Washington Nationals vs. Mets game.

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See what the Champions were up to on Day one and Day two. 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

Say Cheese! #ChampionsForKids: Day two.

Today was a busy day for our ambassadors: they got their pictures taken, told their stories through interviews and filmed videos and radio spots. Our Champions represent the more than 10 million pediatric patients that are treated at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital each year. Their stories of how local donations to their children's hospital impact them will be told throughout their Ambassador year and beyond.

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Check out what the Champions did on Day one. 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 25, 2016

They're Here! #ChampionsForKids: Day One.

52 pediatric patients and their families traveled to Washington, D.C. today to begin their Ambassador Tour. For the next few days and throughout their Ambassador year, they will share how local donations to their children's hospital have impacted them. Meet the Champion from your state and watch for and use #ChampionsForKids on social.

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The Champions arrived via Delta Air Lines and checked into the landmark JW Marriott in D.C. They were welcomed at an anniversary party to celebrate the 20th year of the Champions program and were celebrated for being the superheroes they are with Georgetown Cupcakes, a superhero themed party and a few special guests and surprises including gifts for every Miracle mom and dad courtesy of Chico's, White House Black Market and Ace Hardware.

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Check back tomorrow for Day two of their trip.

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 24, 2016

#ChampionsForKids tour on Snapchat.

 

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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. cmnh.co/snapchat (username: cmnhospitals)


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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

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