Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Champions” Make 56 Powerful Cases for Local Charitable Giving

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Official Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions sponsor, Delta Air Lines, sends pediatric patients on ambassador trip to Florida and Washington, D.C. to convey the charitable need of member hospitals.

"Our 170 member hospitals provide a range of general and specialized health care services, but they are bonded by a growing charitable need in every city and town in which they operate. The need is clearly illustrated in this year's Champions."

A child from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will spend a week telling media, lawmakers and some of the largest North American companies how local donations changed their lives thanks to a children’s hospital. These 56 courageous kids are known as the 2013 Champions of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 pediatric centers.

In 2012 alone, member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals admitted 62 children every minute in need of treatment and care for every kind of disease, illness and injury, and also premature birth. Champions put a face to these millions of annual treatments, illustrating the impact of dollar-by-dollar donations made every day.

"Our 170 member hospitals provide a range of general and specialized health care services, but they are bonded by a growing charitable need in every city and town in which they operate,” said John Lauck, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO.

“The need is clearly illustrated in this year’s Champions. As infants, three of this year’s Champions have slept in specialized cribs thanks to local donations. Two have benefited from life-flight and respiratory equipment following critical injuries, and another is now in remission thanks in part to an oncology clinic funded by everyday heroes,” Lauck said. “Other Champions are recovering thanks to community-funded therapy programs. As we take part in these kids' journey, we’re sincerely thankful to Delta Air Lines and supporting sponsor Chico's FAS for making the Champions ambassador program possible."

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Champions and family members will convene in Orlando, Fla., where they'll be welcomed at CMN Hospitals' 30th anniversary Celebration event hosted by co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider at Walt Disney World. The week will kick off with an emotionally charged medal ceremony hosted by Nick Cannon. Champions will spend the next three days inspiring Children's Miracle Network Hospitals partners and members of the media. Of note, Champions will participate in local satellite TV interviews conducted live from the Magic Kingdom’s Rose Garden on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 12, Champions will board a chartered Delta Air Lines flight to Washington, D.C. where they will learn more about being an advocate for children’s healthcare, enjoy a luncheon on Capitol Hill and tour historical landmarks. Champions also traditionally visit the White House, where, in previous years, they have met with Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Accompanying them throughout the trip will be recently crowned Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri.

To meet the Champion from your state, visit http://www.CMNHospitals.org/Champions.

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 $4.7 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, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 317destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.

About Chico's FAS
The Company, through its brands - Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper, is a women’s specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items.

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