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Feb 09, 2016

Love's Travel Stops Sponsor 27 Miracle Network Dance Marathons

Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores across North America have raised more than $15 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals since 1999. This year, Love's is excited to support 27 CMN Hospitals' Miracle Network Dance Marathon programs in addition to their fundraising campaign happening this August 26 - September 30, 2016. They have pledged $200,000 for 27 Dance Marathons to use to grow their program. Funds from Love's will help pay for things such as venues, t-shirts, posters and banners.

“We’re delighted to be involved with this year’s Dance Marathon events. They bring positive attention to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and help to raise a lot of money that goes to children and their families in need," said Jenny Love Meyer, Vice President of Communications at Love's Travel Stops.  

 

The inaugural Love's supported Dance Marathon kicked off on Wednesday, February 3 at Tarleton State University. On Saturday, Feb. 6, two more Love's supported Dance Marathons took place at Auburn University and Texas Tech University

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"We're excited to have support from Love's as they're a great CMN Hospitals corporate partner," said Elyse Meardon, Director, Dance Marathon. “Dance Marathon is sweeping North America and contributions from Love's will help supported programs continue to grow and thrive.

Learn more about Love's Travel Stops and Miracle Network Dance Marathon.

Feb 05, 2016

Miracle Kids Cheer for Their Favorite Super Bowl 50 Team

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals member hospitals in Denver, Colo. and Charlotte, N.C. are sporting their team colors this week as they support the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers who will face off in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday.

Levine Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado are both showing their team spirt on their social media channels. Levine Children’s Hospital is sharing photos of its patients and with their Panther pride and the hashtag #IAMLCH while Children’s Hospital Colorado made a “Let It Go” parody video written by a cancer survivor. Check out the photos and videos below.

Who are you rooting for this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below!

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This Peyton is cheering on the other Peyton today...in a stylish way! As you may know, the Skrysak family LOVES...

Posted by Stacey Skrysak on Sunday, January 24, 2016

"Broncos go! Broncos go! The Super Bowl is at our door." We're cheering on the Denver Broncos every step of the way to...

Posted by Children’s Hospital Colorado on Monday, February 1, 2016

Feb 02, 2016

The Ultimate Valentine for SOs and Singles

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Whether you’re buying for your significant other or your favorite unattached friend, these gifts are sure to warm any kid lover’s heart. BONUS: one item is F-R-E-E! 

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Coloring Page – FREE (download for USA and Canada)

Artist and blogger Natasha McLean from Canary Jane designed a special CMN Hospitals-themed Valentine’s Day coloring page to celebrate the upcoming holiday. Download it, color it and gift it!


ALEX AND ANI Unicorn Charm Bangle
$38.00 USD

Available in shiny silver and yellow gold, the Unicorn Charm is rumored to hold magnificent healing powers. ALEX AND ANI® is donating 20% of the purchase price from each Unicorn Charm sold.


Dairy Queen’s Red Velvet Spoon Case
$4.99 USD 

This keepsake jewelry box is lovingly encased in beautiful red velvet fabric and opens to reveal the iconic Dairy Queen Red Spoon resting on a white, satiny pillow. It’s the perfect way to pop the question, “Will you eat this cake with me?” Net Proceeds will be contributed to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals for every Red Velvet Spoon Case sold.

 

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Feb 01, 2016

Valentine's Day Coloring Page from Children's Miracle Network

Happy February! To get into the spirit of Valentine's Day, we're sharing a coloring page that all ages can enjoy. Simply right-click on the image below, save to your computer, print it out, color it in and share the finished page with a favorite Valentine! We can't wait to see what you come up with. Here is a video sure to get you into the Valentine's Day spirit:

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Share your finished masterpiece with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Print the US version here

 

Valentine's Day Coloring Page from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

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Happy February! To get into the spirit of Valentine's Day, we're sharing a coloring page that all ages can enjoy. Simply right-click on the image below, save to your computer, print it out, color it in and share the finished page with a favorite Valentine! Here is a video sure to get you into the Valentine's Day spirit:

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We can't wait to see what you come up with - here are #MiracleKids working hard on their coloring pages:

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Share your finished masterpiece with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Print the Canadian version here

 

(Images provided by HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital and Freeman Health System; Coloring page designed and illustrated by Canary Jane)

Jan 14, 2016

Where Is He Now: Miracle Child, Matt

By Matt Schonover

Life has dealt me some hard blows. Hard enough to break the strongest of people. I, however, refused to let them break me down.

When I was first born, I was transported to Akron Children’s Hospital where I spent ten weeks in the NICU and underwent my very first surgery by Dr. Robert Klein. It took 7 ½ hours to complete. I was born with a detached esophagus and a condition called Apert’s syndrome, which caused my fingers and toes to be fused together and abnormal growth to my skull. I’ve had 75 surgeries since birth, ranging from reconstruction of my hands, face and head to a most recent major surgery on my back.

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Even with all that I’ve faced, I think I adapt well to many situations. I try to spread smiles to all I meet. Through my many surgeries and medical challenges, I maintain a positive attitude and stay involved in my favorite activities like cheering for the Cleveland Indians. I’ve been volunteering at Akron Children’s for ten years; I’ve logged more than 2,000 hours there working on projects like the “Have A Heart, Do Your Part” Radiothon kickoff (which I am currently raising money for here) and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Celebration Telethon broadcast. I am currently an usher at the Florida Theatre and the Akron Civic Theatre.

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My medical success has afforded me the chance to meet 45 of my favorite celebrities, including Omar Vizquel, Sandy Alomar and Cher and country musicians Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Maggie Rose, I love listening to Disney and country music. My favorite artists are Dove Cameron, Janelle Arthur, Lauren Alaina, Liv & Maddie and Meghan Trainor.

If not for the wonderful staff of Akron Children’s Hospital, I firmly believe I would not be here today.

Fun Fact: I was invited to help cut the ribbon at the $168 million state-of-the-art Kay Jewelers Pavilion at Akron Children’s Hospital last spring. That was truly a very special moment for me!

 

Matt Schonover is a former patient at our Network's Akron Children's Hospital, where he has been treated since birth. 

Jan 12, 2016

Remembering Tom Lazour

Former Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals employee Tom Lazour valiantly completed his battle with cancer Saturday, January 9, 2016. Tom served Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 7 ½ years, working with corporate partners, and later serving as a Regional Director for the Northeast region on the Hospital Relations team. He had a “servant’s heart” and was passionate about helping those around him in whatever capacity he was called to fill.

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Photography, his dog “Tintin,” and The Beatles were just a few of Tom's hobbies. The latter carried into his career when Tom helped secure Paul McCartney’s participation in a radio public service announcement for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2009. Tom also donated personal airline miles to cover a patient and their family’s transportation to and from treatment. 

“There isn’t a single individual within our organization who was not affected by Tom. His gift for bringing smiles to all he encountered will be missed,” said John Lauck, President and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Tom will be remembered for his quick wit, and extraordinary sense of humor, as he brought laughter to, and lifted the spirits of everyone he met.

Jan 08, 2016

Credit Unions For Kids Celebrates 20th Anniversary Partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

CU4Kids_20th_COLOR_FINALIt’s a milestone year for Credit Unions for Kids as the iconic program celebrates its 20th year of fundraising and $150 million donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals). Since becoming a fundraising partner in 1996, over 3,000 credit unions and numerous business partners across the U.S. combined have become the third largest corporate fundraising partner for CMN Hospitals.

To honor America’s credit unions, CMN Hospitals has launched a yearlong Credit Unions for Kids initiative to celebrate the life-saving contributions of credit unions over the last two decades. Campaign highlights will include a major presence on social media; a special anniversary video and an exciting contest open to the entire credit union movement as well as the public.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with CMN Hospitals and the amazing success of the Credit Unions for Kids program over the last 20 years,” remarked Jim Nussle, President & CEO of the Credit Union National Association. “Throughout our history, credit unions have always played a vital role in giving back to the local community and there is no better example of ‘people helping people’ than what we have done through the Credit Unions for Kids program.”

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Credit unions under the Credit Unions for Kids brand participate in fundraising throughout the year including hosting golf tournaments, wine auctions, change drives, Miracle Balloon icon campaigns, Miracle Jeans Day and Shop for Miracles which was held on International Credit Union Day® and raised $500,000 in 2015.

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“The passion and dedication shown by credit unions across the country is why so many kids can hope for a miracle today. The funds raised by credit unions directly benefit sick and injured children who are in need and who are deserving of the best care available,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of CMN Hospitals. “On behalf of the 10 million kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year, we want to thank and congratulate Credit Unions for Kids for reaching this incredible milestone.”

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Credit union donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. The credit unions legacy of giving and compassion over the last two decades will ensure that all children in need of care will have it now and they’re continued support will continue to help kids well into the future.

Jan 06, 2016

2016 New Year's Resolutions

From eating healthy to learning a new craft, resolutions for the upcoming year are fervently being drafted in journals and Trello lists across the world. We asked Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions what their New Year resolutions are. Here's what they're hoping to accomplish in 2016:

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"Be healthy, act healthy and feel healthy."

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Riley Lesh / 2014 Indiana Champion
"Raise $1,000 for Dance Marathon."

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Nathan Ferrell / 2014 Florida Champion

"Learn how to play golf."

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What are your 2016 New Year's resolutions? Tell us in the comments.

Dec 31, 2015

CMN Hospitals and WVU Medicine Children’s At the 2016 Rose Parade®

Each New Year’s Day, the world turns its attention to Pasadena, California, where the Rose Parade® presented by Honda has been dazzling audiences with its floats, bands and equestrians for more than a century. On Jan. 1, 2016, WVU Medicine Children’s and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals will become a part of this storied history. 

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The theme for the 127th Rose Parade is “Find Your Adventure.” The 55-foot float representing WVU Medicine Children’s, one of 170 CMN Hospitals, and its “Wild and Wonderful” home state of West Virginia showcases all the adventures that await patients and their families once their treatment at WVU Medicine Children’s is complete.

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The design of the float, which was inspired by California-based artist and Morgantown native Lorraine Strieby, captures the flora and fauna of West Virginia’s four seasons and the recreational activities — like whitewater rafting and skiing — that can be enjoyed each season. In addition, two iconic West Virginia landmarks — the New River Gorge Bridge and The Greenbrier Springhouse — also appear on the float, which was built and decorated by Phoenix Decorating Company.

Representing the adventures that can be had throughout West Virginia are six WVU Medicine Children’s patients, their families and the healthcare providers who helped them make it to their next adventures.

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The patients include:

- Jordan Beland, 15, of Martinsburg

- Justyn Jenkins, 17, of Clarksburg

- Samantha Stalnaker, 11, of Mount Nebo

- Meg Throckmorton, 19, of Waynesburg, Pa.

- Brody Wilmoth, 7, of Morgantown

- Tyler Yost, 8, of Fairmont

Country singer and CMN Hospitals supporter Mark Wills will join our #MiracleKids on the float while performing his new song, “The Night Ain’t Even Over Yet,” along the parade route.

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Prior to the event, supporters were able to dedicate flowers on the float with a donation to their chosen CMN Hospital. Dedicated flowers were placed in a water vial that carried a personal message from the donor and were attached to the float.

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