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Feb 25, 2011

Flashback Friday: 2006 Carmike Cinemas Trailer


Carmike Cinemas ran this trailer in its theaters in 2006. The balloon may have changed, but the sentiment remains the same.

Feb 24, 2011


We received a great phone call on Monday from Christie Garton, Kindness Reporter for USA Today. She was calling to tell us we won the USA Today #KindnessChallenge on Twitter.

For those of you who didn't hear about this, here's the quick run-down: USA Today invited anyone to log-in to Twitter and share their goal for their favorite charity during a four-day period last week. We encouraged our Facebook fans, corporate partners and other supporters to finish this sentence on Twitter: "My #USAToday #KindnessChallenge goal is to help @CMNHospitals by..."

And we were amazed by the tweets we saw!

We had Dance Marathon participants talking about how many hours they were going to dance "for the kids!" A lot of tweets talked about IHOP's upcoming Pancake Day. Corporate sponsors, including Rite-Aid and Food Lion, helped spread the word.

And we won! Wait, let's try that again... WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The three charities with the most mentions during the contest receive a feature in an upcoming issue of USA Today. Our Chief Marketing Officer Craig Sorensen already did the interview and we can't wait to see the piece. (Be sure to pick up a copy of Monday's paper before our moms buy them all.)

We can't thank you guys enough for helping us spread the word about Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The more people know about us, the more likely they are to give, the more children we can help at our hospitals. So when we win, the kids win. And that deserves some more exclamation points.


Feb 23, 2011

Change your Facebook Profile Pic for IHOP Pancake Day


On March 1st, you can get a free short stack of pancakes at any IHOP location across the United States. Obviously we're all excited about this here at CMNHospitals - we love IHOP pancakes.

What makes us even more excited? While at IHOP, you can make a donation to a local children's charity - and most IHOPs are giving those donations to their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

In one day, we can raise MILLIONS of dollars for children.

Help spread the word on Facebook this week by using the picture above as your profile picture. After all, everyone knows that when someone eats a free short stack, an angel gets its wings.

Feb 21, 2011

Happy Presidents' Day

Here in the United States we are celebrating Presidents' Day today - which, depending on who you ask, honors George Washington and/or Abraham Lincoln (and, in some states, Thomas Jefferson). To honor Washington and Lincoln, a few of our favorite quotes from these incredible men.

"I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man." —George Washington

"It is better to be alone than in bad company." —George Washington

"Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse." —George Washington

"My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth." —George Washington

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother." —George Washington


"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be." —Abraham Lincoln

"And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln

"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." —Abraham Lincoln

"Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." —Abraham Lincoln

"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own." —Abraham Lincoln

Feb 18, 2011

Flashback Friday: 1992 Telethon


This gem is a picture from our 1992 Telethon at Disneyland. Mickey, Minnie and our co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schenider announced the total amount raised: $106 million.

Feb 16, 2011

Just Back from Hawaii

Today's blog comes courtesy of a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals veteran. Roger Cook has been with us for about 20 years. He is back in the office following an annual event of ours in Hawaii, and we asked him to share his experience with us.

Guest Author: Roger Cook, Vice President, Entertainment, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

For the past 14 years, thanks to longtime corporate sponsor Ace Hardware, I've enjoyed an annual mid-Winter getaway to Hawaii. Okay, that sounds a little self-serving. But living in Salt Lake City with January temperatures below zero, I am grateful for the Ace Shootout. It's a golf skills event (longest drive, bunker shot, putting contest, etc.) and I love golf. I also get to meet some of the greatest legends of the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL (my favorite sports in order of appreciation).

The event is made for TV, so it's exciting to watch how the talented broadcast production staff at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals direct the symphony of cameramen, sound and lighting technicians to create a very entertaining show. And to top it all off, the event generated about $750,000 for kids treated in our hospitals.


This year Julius Erving and Clyde Drexler; Bo Jackson and Willie Gault; Greg Maddux and Kevin Millar; and Rob Zamuner and Eric Lindros made up the four two-man teams. For the first time in the event's history, we invited a PGA Tour professional, Rich Beem, to act as the "Mulligan Player." That means he steps in and hits the shot for the team if they're not satisfied with their own performance. He was smooth like butter and actually helped the team that won!

Marriott provided the hotel rooms and donated the golf course (the beautiful Kauai Lagoons in Lihue, Hawaii). One of the highlights was getting to know a young man from Samoa named Hipa. He's currently being treated at Kapi'olani, the Children's Miracle Network hospital in Hawaii.

As for who won ... well, you'll just have to tune in and watch! It'll be on the Golf Channel in August, so watch for more information. Okay, back to cold weather now. Thanks Ace Hardware!


Feb 09, 2011

Dance Marathon 2011 – For The Kids!”

We are lucky to have some of the greatest employees in the world working at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. One of our rock stars is Zac Johnson. As head of our Dance Marathon program (and certified road warrior), Zac gets to see some of the greatest things happening across the country. We’re all a little jealous of his job. Read below and you’ll see why.

Guest Author: Zac Johnson, Director, Dance Marathon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Since I travel more than 250 days a year for Dance Marathon, it seems like every day I hear or see something amazing. But if I had one experience that truly represents the spirit of Dance Marathon, it was a moment from the recent Purdue University Dance Marathon. “PUDM,” has an annual tradition of inviting patients from Riley Hospital for Children to participate in a talent show during their event. Each child receives a resounding ovation and leaves the stage feeling like an absolute rock star. That said…I’ve never seen a crowd reaction quite like this one.

A 10-year-old girl, wearing a knitted cap that is typical of chemotherapy patients, took the stage. She immediately looked down at her feet when faced with the sea of hundreds of college students. In a meek southern accent she announced that she would be dancing to Willow Smith's new song “Whip My Hair (Back and Forth).” Then she explained, “I chose this song because now that I’m done with chemotherapy, I can whip MY hair back and forth!” With that, she flung off her cap to reveal a full head of blonde hair and launched into a hip-hop routine worthy of any professional dance company. The crowd erupted in deafening cheers and a permanent smile appeared on the cancer survivor’s face.

Beyond the millions of dollars Dance Marathon raises every year, the true gift these students and young professionals give is one weekend, 24 hours, where a child doesn’t have to feel sick or different anymore and is celebrated for being a true superstar. I can’t think of any other college program that creates a miracle like that. Dance Marathons do it each and every weekend.


Feb 03, 2011

Our 2010 US Champions


I often say that the highlight of my career - not my day or my year, but my career - is the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program. I'm involved with it here in the US.

In a nutshell, every year we select a child from each state who has been treated at one of our hospitals, making 51 Champions (sometimes more if there are siblings). They're anywhere from 3 to 18 years old. They've been treated - or are currently being treated - for cancer, premature birth, brittle bone disease, cystic fibrosis, car accidents, plane crashes, etc.

They're the face of what we do. They're our Champions.

In 2010 we took our Champions and their families to DC in June. We toured the city, met with congressmen, met President Obama at the White House, and saw a Nationals baseball game - where our Idaho Champion threw the first pitch. In October we all got back together in Walt Disney World. They were awarded medals in front of all our partners and spent a lot of time at the parks. This Champions Highlight Video recaps the event.

I've watched it at least 2 dozen times this week. Every time I've cried. I miss them. I love them.

These families inspire and motivate me daily. I can honestly say that after starting to do this event, I am a different person. And the thing that blows me away? They're always thanking ME for what I do. But I will never be able to pay them back for what they've done for me.

We can't wait to introduce you to our 2011 Champions. Until then, enjoy this video. Have tissues ready.

Feb 01, 2011

Moving for Miracles: Enter the Primrose Schools Family Dance-Off!

  Mary Zurn Headshot Guest Author: Dr. Mary Zurn, Vice President of Education, Primrose Schools

We hear about the concern over “childhood obesity” so much these days that, unfortunately, it can feel like an inevitable problem that’s out of our control. The CDC tells us the national childhood obesity rate has nearly tripled in the past 30 years. As a result, more and more young children today are developing adult health problems like high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. Childhood obesity is a critical issue for young children in America, but fortunately, there is a great deal we can do to prevent it.
We all know that in addition to eating a balanced diet, physical activity plays a vital role in keeping children’s bodies healthy. Dancing is a fun, easy way to incorporate lively physical activity into your family’s routine while enjoying quality time together. Not only is dance an entertaining way for children to keep their hearts healthy, but it is also a creative form of self-expression that builds their self-confidence and promotes their development as happy, fit and healthy individuals.
In 2010, Primrose Schools launched a program that gives families an opportunity to embrace healthy lifestyles and impact children in their local community at the same time through a dance contest benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This year, we’re back with our second installment of the national Family Dance-off contest, and the prizes are even bigger and better!
All you have to do is submit a 30-second home video of your family's best dance moves any time between Feb. 1 and March 19. We will select 14 finalists based on how many votes each family’s video receives (you can vote 5 times/day), and each of the 14 finalist families will receive a Flip Video Camcorder. Viewers can then vote for their favorite weekly finalists on from March 20-26. From there, our guest panel of judges will narrow it down to three winners. The grand prize winning family will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a $30,000 donation will be made to their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. The second prize winner will receive $3,000 and a $20,000 donation to their local CMN Hospital, and the third prize winner will receive $1,500 and a $15,000 donation. The grand, second and third prize winners will be announced the week of March 28.

Please visit for more information, and I hope you’ll decide to join in and groove with Primrose. You can help local children in need in your community by entering and voting to bring one of our three tremendous donations to your local CMN Hospital. CMN Hospitals creates real miracles, and at Primrose, we believe in moving for miracles – please join us!

As vice president of education and professional development, Dr. Mary Zurn oversees the development of curriculum and training for Primrose Schools. Responsible for the continuous improvement of the Primrose Balanced Learning® curriculum, Zurn also provides up-to-date training tools and instructional materials to ensure consistent delivery of the Primrose model in its more than 200 schools. Zurn’s passionate belief in early childhood education comes from a love of children and her work in literacy development. She is convinced that reading a good children’s book is the best and most satisfying way to introduce or teach virtually any topic.

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