A Child from Every State Sheds Light on Fundraising Need for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

2014 “Champion” ambassadors from across the U.S. are taking the year to share their medical story and advocate for charitable support of local children’s hospitals. These ambassadors have faced their unique medical challenges with courage and benefited from donations made in their communities.

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The 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Champions” program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS.

The 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Champions” program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS.

The impact of location donations is really demonstrated in this year’s 52 Champions stories. These kids have benefited from things like new ER departments, transplant programs, two surgical floors, a cancer research lab and a trauma 1 center.

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) May 23, 2014

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is casting the spotlight on 54 courageous kids treated for a range of illnesses and injuries at its member hospitals across the U.S. Starting today, visitors to CMNHospitals.org can meet these state ambassadors and learn what dollar-by-dollar donations have done to further advances in local pediatric care.

“Every day, 170 member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stand ready to admit more than 3,000 kids who will walk through their doors. This year’s Champions provide a voice, a smile and a clear case for why local giving results in local healing,” said John Lauck, President and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“The impact of location donations is really demonstrated in this year’s 52 Champions stories. These kids have benefited from things like new ER departments, transplant programs, two surgical floors, a cancer research lab and a trauma 1 center. Treatments have improved thanks to CT scanners and MRI, EKG and chemotherapy machines — all purchased thanks to local donor support,” commented Lauck. “Children’s hospitals have a need that continues to grow, which is why we’re encouraging donors to put their money where the miracles are by supporting their local CMN Hospital.”

This spring, Champion ambassadors will be introduced to their community and state at Marriott International properties across the U.S. While Marriott may be Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ longest standing corporate partner, the company continues to evolve its partnership with its sponsorship of the 2014 Champions program.

“We look forward to welcoming and hosting 54 very special kids and their families when they visit Washington this coming November,” said David Marriott, Chief Operations Officer, Americas Eastern Region, Marriott International. “As a father of four and a participant in CMN Hospitals’ Torch Relay fundraiser, I understand why our associates rally each year to support such an important cause. Our 30-year commitment to CMN Hospitals is one that means a great deal to Marriott. We look forward to our continued partnership for many more years.”    

“I’ve been involved with CMN Hospitals for most of my career at Marriott,” said Rob Steigerwald, Chief Operations Officer, Americas Western Region, Marriott International, and member of the CMN Hospitals Board of Governors. “It’s incredibly meaningful to come together in support of these courageous kids, their loving families, and the CMN Hospitals doctors, nurses and medical staff who become their superheroes.”

The 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Champions” program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS.

“As we take part in these kids' journey throughout the year — culminating in an Ambassador Tour to our nation’s capital and Network-wide Celebration in Florida — we thank Delta, Marriott and Chico's FAS for making the Champions ambassador program possible. And we encourage folks to look for their state Champion ambassador throughout this year,” said Lauck.

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 $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 http://www.CMNHospitals.org and http://www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 322 destinations in 59 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 as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. 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-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, 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, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com.

About Chico's FAS, Inc.
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.