Empire State Building Shines in Yellow and Red for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary

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30-year-old children's charity and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan take miracles to new heights at May 29 Empire State Building lighting ceremony. Two "Champion" kids, representing the millions served by the nonprofit each year, were also on hand to "flip the switch."

Miss America and Miracle Kids light Empire State Building for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' 30th anniversary

To see the world-famous Empire State Building lit in our hospitals’ honor is evidence of how far we’ve come, and a reminder of how much more we need to do to save and improve kids’ lives during the next 30 years.

A splash of yellow and red lit the New York City skyline May 29 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. As the National Goodwill Ambassador for the charity, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan—accompanied by two Miracle Children: 12-year-old Molly and 10-year old Bryce—“flipped the switch” at the Empire State Building to celebrate 30 years of miracles and highlight the critical needs of children’s hospitals across the nation.

“Our iconic yellow and red Miracle Balloon has become a symbol of hope and healing for countless families faced with devastating childhood injuries or illnesses,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “To see the world-famous Empire State Building lit in our hospitals’ honor is evidence of how far we’ve come, and a reminder of how much more we need to do to save and improve kids’ lives during the next 30 years.”

“As Miss America, my goal is to broaden awareness on all subjects that affect the wellbeing of children in our nation,” said Hagan. “As the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, my service has largely been about educating and inspiring people to become more involved with our children. It is my honor and privilege as a New Yorker to be invited to take part in lighting the Empire State Building on behalf of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.”

Molly and Bryce represent the millions of children treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals each year. Molly was diagnosed with high-risk B lymphoblastic leukemia at 2 years old and received life-saving treatment at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, the Children's Miracle Network Hospital serving New York City and Long Island. Bryce was severely injured after being struck by an SUV in 2011, but has since relearned all of his basic skills thanks to rehabilitation at Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Jersey’s Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals was founded by Marie Osmond, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake in 1983 with the objective that donated funds go to local children’s hospitals to benefit local kids. Thirty years later—and with the same community focus—the charity has raised a cumulative $4.7 billion for its member hospitals.

Donated funds are vital to the life-saving treatments and services, equipment and charitable care children’s hospitals provide every day. Now through June 21, Walmart customers and Sam’s Club members can add a minimum $1 donation at checkout to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospital serving their community. To learn more about various opportunities to support local children’s hospitals throughout the year, visit CMNHospitals.org.

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is the "World's Most Famous Office Building." With new investments in infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. The Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions and is the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit http://www.esbnyc.com, http://www.facebook.com/EmpireStateBuilding  or @EmpireStateBldg.

About the Miss America Organization

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in scholarship assistance. Learn more at http://www.MissAmerica.org and visit http://www.MissAmericaforKids.org for more information about its fundraising partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.

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