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Causes: Health, Hospitals, Specialty Hospitals, Unknown

Mission: Children's miracle network (d/b/a) "children's miracle network hospitals") works to save kids' lives by raising funds and awareness for children's hospitals across north america.

Programs: Children's miracle network hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hopsitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the us and canada. About the networkas an umbrella organization for 170 children's hospitals, children's miracle network hospitals provides comprehensive education, support, information and resources to its network for raising funds, creating awareness and public education programs for children's healthcare needs and the important work of the hospitals caring for them. To join the network, a hospital signs a membership agreement and is provided with an annual education conference; regional conferences, monthly national conference calls; online education, information and networking tools; publications, training and program content for radio and television sponsors; and training support for affiliates in national programs as appropriate and necessary to achieve the organization's purposes. Member hospitals pay children's miracle network hospitals a fee to be included in the network. Funds raised through children's miracle network hospitals campaigns and programs are unusual for two key reasons:1. Funds stay in the community where they are donated; and2. Hospitals receive the funds as unrestricted, meaning they can use donations however they see fit, hospitals assess their current and future needs to determine where help is needed most. Funds are most commonly used for equipment purchases, research, charitable care and education. The children's miracle network hospitals donation structure providescontributors with the assurance their donations help kids in the localcommunity for the most pressing needs. In 2017, the combined efforts of children's miracle network hospitalsand its partners raised more than $388 million to help kids at memberhospitals. Children's miracle network hospitals donations aredistributed as discretionary funds to each hospital, allowing them toaddress the most critical children's healthcare needs in theirrespective communities. Each year, the 170 member hospitals of children's miracle networkhospitals provide medical care to more than 10 million children throughmore than 32 million patient visits for cancer, heart problems, birthdefects, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and many otherserious illnesses and injuries. From premature infants to growing teenagers, children's hospitalsprovide the vast majority of highly specialized care for children withcomplex and rare conditions, in addition to routine and emergencycases. All equipment must be customized to kids of every age and size,greatly multiplying the expenses incurred at children's hospitals. The list of what children's miracle network hospitals funds havepurchased is exhaustive, but the following examples are just a few waysdonations have made an impact in communities throughout north america:facilities and equipment that children's miracle network hospitals funds have provided includes:university of florida health jacksonville used donations to purchase a state-of-the-art milk lab for the neonatal intensive care unit. Wolfson children's hospital used donations to offset the cost of a new ambulance/kids kare mobile intensive care unit as part of their trauma fleet. Wvu medicine children's used donations to purchase and install nicview cameras in the neonatal intensive care unit (nicu) so parents could view their babies in the nicu from anywhere. Children's hospital, navicent health used donations to purchase a therapeutic listening program, which included the purchase of equipment and the tuition for two therapists to acquire the necessary training to implement the program in their autism and developmental center. Children's hospital - new orleans at vcu used donations to support clinical services including departments from emergency to physical therapy ensuring kids get the care they need. Children helped in 2017more than 10 million kids are treated at member hospitals every year. A few examples of patients who have benefited from children's miracle network hospitals funds:carly's mantra is "tiny but awesome, and it's true in everything she does. While carly leads the life of a typical second-grader, participating in girl scouts, learning tap and jazz, excelling in math, and becoming fiercely independent, that's where carly's "typical" ends. She is just one of 17 kids living with progeria in the u. S. Progeria is an extremely rare genetic condition that causes her to age eight to 10 years each year. Children with progeria have small stature, shorter life spans and experience heart disease and stroke, along with other conditions typically associated with the average aging public, occurring as early as 6, versus 70 or 80 years of age. Carly loves crafting, youtube videos, making slime, curious george, traveling, dolls, playing school and cooking. Her latest obsession is lol surprise dolls - collecting them, watching youtubers unwrap them in videos, playing with them and making videos herself. Donations allow carly's caretakers to collaborate with global experts on progeria and help pay for diagnostic equipment. Starting preschool can be overwhelming for some 4-year-olds. For jakiah, the hardest part was saying goodbye to her classmates when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer a month into the school year. During her pre-kindergarten checkup, jakiah's primary care physician noticed swelling in her abdomen. They initially believed it was a minor infection, but soon discovered it was an advanced stage of wilms tumor. While her school friends learned the alphabet, jakiah underwent months of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Now jakiah is entering year five of being cancer free, a major milestone. She is full of sass and loves to be around her friends. She will continue enduring numerous ultrasounds, ct scans, x-rays, blood work and check-ups until 2023 to ensure she remains cancer free. Children's miracle network hospitals funds helped pay for the new 258,000-square-foot wing that houses the hematology/oncology clinic where jakiah was treated and the healing garden where she spent days recovering at the children's hospital. Mateo is a happy child with a sense of adventure. His fun personality has helped him endure through three very serious illnesses: hirschsprungs disease, short bowel syndrome and eosinophilic esophagitis. Mateo learned to be a fighter from day one. Soon after birth, he underwent an ileostomy, a surgery to bypass part of his intestines. Shortly after, health complications required the same procedure again. He spent 71 days in the neonatal intensive care unit and has had 12 surgeries during his lifetime. Mateo's survival defied all odds. When he was diagnosed with this disease, he had a 30 percent chance to live. Yet, he has exceeded expectations. Today, mateo loves marvel superheroes, captain underpants books and jake paul youtube videos. Donations help purchase equipment and provide books, distraction toys for patients and support for art and music therapy for kids like mateo.

children's miracle network hospitals has cultivated relationships witha wide range of national corporate and media partners to createawareness of the needs of children's hospitals and public educationprograms. National public awareness is generated through radio andtelevision programming, often focusing on the stories of children andtheir families who have experienced serious illnesses or injuries andwere cared for at a local children's hospital. Key children's miracle network hospital public education and awarenesscampaigns in 2017 include:-children's miracle network hospitals telethons;-children's miracle network hospitals radiothons;-children's miracle network hospitals champions program, where onechild from each state is selected to serve as an ambassador, meetingwith media, congressional representatives and others to share theimportant work of children's hospitals;-children's hospitals heroes segments produced by fox owned & operatedstations;-community event outreach from the hundreds of miss americaorganization titleholders who serve as ambassadors for children'smiracle network hospitals, the official charity platform of theorganization; and-out-of-home advertisements through the ooh for good programthat call attention to charitable needs of children's hospitals. -local media campaigns featuring jennifer lopez, kristen bell, chris pine and local children's hospital patients

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This is the greatest non profit organization out there for Children. They are always making sure that no child get turned away from the health care they need. They touch 17 million children each year. I am a personal witness that miracles come from this great organization!!!