Children’s Hospital Week is March 5-11
To shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it, McLeod Children’s Hospital is participating in the second annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, scheduled for March 5-11. McLeod Children’s Hospital is one of 170 member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across North America participating in the week-long initiative.
The following activities encourage support for children’s hospitals, March 5-11:
• Tune in to a Facebook Live-athon Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. (EST): The exciting live event will feature appearances by various celebrities, inspiring kids who represent the 10 million kids treated annually at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Catch the action at Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
• Participate in the #ChildrensHospitalsWeek bandage campaign on social media: Sport a bandage and write on it the name of a child who has benefited from a children’s hospital, take a photo and share it with #ChildrensHospitalsWeek.
• Join the Twitch stream for Extra Life United from Thursday, March 8 to Saturday, March 10:
Charity gamers from all over the world join together at Extra Life United to learn how to make a big impact on children’s hospitals through gaming. Participants attend panels and workshops and game in a tournament to unlock donations for local CMN Hospitals. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch. The Extra Life program has raised more than $40 million for CMN Hospitals since 2008.
Caydence Quesada, age 5, was selected to serve as the 2018 Champion representing McLeod Children’s Hospital. She was treated at McLeod Children’s Hospital for septo optic dysplasia and has personally benefited from local donations to CMN Hospitals.
Septo optic dysplasia is a rare congenital condition characterized by an underdeveloped optic nerve, pituitary gland dysfunction and absence of the septum pellucidum. While most individuals have only two of the three components, Caydence joins the 30 percent of people who have all three, according to the National Institutes of Health.
“With the second annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek in 2018, we’re taking the opportunity to honor not only our Champions and partners, but also the hundreds of children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada who impact the lives of millions of children annually,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We’re reminded daily of the fact that contributions of all sizes add up to provide critical funding for pediatric medical equipment, services, research and charitable care, and that community donations are vital for local kids in need.”
“We look forward to partnering with CMN to raise awareness of McLeod Children’s Hospital and the excellent care provided to sick and injured children from the Midlands to the Coast,” said Davis Sawyer, McLeod Children’s Hospital Fund Manager. “#ChildrensHospitalsWeek is a unique opportunity to raise funds and make a difference in the lives of more than 56,000 children treated at McLeod Children’s Hospital each year.”
To make a donation to your local children’s hospital go to ChildrensHospitalsWeek page. Also refer back to the event page and the CMN Hospitals newsroom for updates.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.