You may have seen yellow and red hot air balloon icons in the community or enjoyed an ice cream treat during the annual fundraising campaign of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).
CMNH is a nonprofit organization that raises money to support specialized care. It has 170 member children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada. These children’s hospitals treat 1 in 10 children in North America every year.
CMNH partner hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids and their families. They provide support when children are coping with common childhood conditions like asthma and broken bones. Partner hospitals also care for children fighting bigger challenges like birth defects, injuries or cancer.
Donor dollars support local kids
Every dollar donated stays local to help provide state-of-the-art, compassionate care that lets kids be kids until they are well enough to go home. Marshfield Children’s Hospital is one of just three children’s hospitals in Wisconsin, and a CMNH partner hospital.
At Marshfield Children’s Hospital, these funds help provide programs like Child Life and Expressive Therapies, new diagnostic and treatment equipment and technology, support research and direct assistance to families in need.
“CMN Hospitals programs ensure that our littlest patients have the comfort, care and treatment they need,” said Amanda Lancour, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program coordinator. “This generous support means patients are never charged for these important services like Child Life and Expressive Therapies.”
Gifts of all sizes add up to make a difference
These programs and services are made possible through strong community support. Each year, thousands of people work together to support kids in need. Individuals host volunteer fundraisers and gather support from friends and family. National events, such as Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day, corporate campaigns like Walmart, Sam’s Club and others, radiothon and Extra Life gaming fundraising support local CMNH partner hospitals.
“We are overwhelmed by the remarkable support of donors, volunteers, the medical center staff, local organizations and so many more who made miracles possible for local kids,” Lancour said.
Local CMNH organizations host and attend events throughout the year to spread awareness in addition to fundraising. Some stories include those from Miracle Kids, children chosen to serve as CMNH ambassadors to share the impact donor dollars made in their lives. The Miracle Kids and their families share their stories of hope, courage and inspiration.