Why May is for Miracles
From John Lauck, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals President and CEO
The month of May means a lot to us at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The promise of summer becomes more evident with each day, and the promise of saving and improving kids' lives is reflected in the many fundraising efforts happening this month across North America. It's why we say "May is for Miracles," and it's 31 days that truly impacts every one of our 170 member hospitals and the children they treat.
As you run errands and check off shopping lists these next few weeks, you may notice our Miracle Balloon at the register. Your decision to say "yes" adds a dollar or more to your receipt, and provides hope for families — some of whom you probably know. From a child being admitted to a child recovering from treatment, your decision to donate will be evident at your area's member hospital (looking for yours? You can find it here).
And believe me, your donation really adds up! Most of our funds are given $1 at a time, and with the encouragement of thousands of store employees motivated to help kids at their nearest CMN Hospital.
Just last year, contributions like yours helped raised a record-breaking $264 million, $30 million more than in 2010. These additional funds went to immediate use at our hospitals, but the need continually grows for life-saving treatments, charitable care, vital equipment and much-needed research.
I invite you to check out our website www.mayisformiracles.org to learn all about what's going on in your community’s stores, pharmacies and theatres. From purchasing a Miracle Balloon to sending a virtual "Smile" or spreading the word about your local member hospital, I hope you'll join us in making miracles happen for the kids and families in your communities this May, and every month. It starts with the power of one Balloon.
John Lauck, Mark Wills and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan help introduce our 2011 Rhode Island Champion, Evan, treated for spina bifida at our Hasbro Children's Hospital.