Children’s Miracle Network and Walmart have named an Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital patient a "champion" for Oregon.
Daniel Shore, 7, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 18 months, will join child ambassadors, called champions, from every state as part of the Children’s Miracle Network program "Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club." The program brings attention to the important work being done at children’s hospitals by honoring remarkable children like Daniel who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges.
Daniel and his fellow champions will travel for two weeks as a representative of the 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals each year throughout the United States. The champions will first travel to Washington, D.C., in June where they will visit the White House and Capitol Hill to share their courageous and inspiring stories, then to Orlando, Fla., in November for the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort.
Since 1987 Children’s Miracle Network and Walmart have worked together to raise money for children’s hospitals. This year Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members are celebrating having contributed more than $500 million to children’s hospitals since the inception of their partnership, with more than $3 million of those funds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in Oregon.
This is the second year Walmart and Sam’s Club have sponsored the champions program.
About Children’s Miracle Network
Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals. Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. To learn more go to ChildrensMiracleNetwork.org.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (ohsudoernbecher.com)
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is a world-class facility that each year cares for tens of thousands of children from Oregon, southwest Washington and around the nation, including national and international referrals for specialty care. Children have access to a full range of pediatric care, not just treatments for serious illness or injury, resulting in more than 145,000 outpatient visits, discharges, surgeries and pediatric transports annually. In addition, nationally recognized physicians ensure that children receive exceptional care at OHSU Doernbecher, including outstanding cancer treatment, specialized neurology care and highly sophisticated heart surgery in the most patient- and family-centered environment. Pediatric experts from OHSU Doernbecher travel throughout Oregon and southwest Washington to provide specialty care to some 3000 children at more than 154 outreach clinics in 13 locations