54 Kids Share Impact of Local Donations on Ambassador Tour for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

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Delta Air Lines flies a “Champion” child from each state to advocate for children’s healthcare and inspire charitable giving. These 54 courageous kids are the 2014 Champions of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 pediatric centers.

CMN Hospitals Champions on Capitol Hill during week-long national Ambassador Tour

As we celebrate and recognize the brave and fighting spirits of our 2014 Champions, we are grateful to have the support of Delta Air Lines, Marriott International, and Chico’s FAS.

Children from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will spend a week sharing how donations to local children’s hospitals changed their lives. These 54 courageous kids are the 2014 Champions of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 pediatric centers.

This November, Champion Ambassadors will travel to Washington, D.C. and by private charter to Orlando, Fla. via Delta Air Lines to share their inspiring stories with lawmakers, media and leading companies across North America.

On Sunday, Nov. 9, Champions and family members will gather in Washington, D.C. where they’ll meet with local representatives on Capitol Hill and learn more about being children’s health advocates. Champions also traditionally visit the White House where, in previous years, they have met with Presidents and First Ladies Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Laura Bush and Barack Obama. Accompanying them throughout the trip will be recently crowned Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev who is serving as the charity’s National Goodwill Ambassador.

“Every minute, member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide $6,500 to help save kids’ lives. Our fundraising efforts benefit 10 million kids annually and are continually increasing to aid the urgent charitable need children’s hospitals face,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Donations help provide the best quality of pediatric care available. This year’s Champions have benefited from funds that supported a Level 1 trauma center, a pediatric emergency department, aggressive research and vital child life services. As we celebrate and recognize the brave and fighting spirits of our 2014 Champions, we are grateful to have the support of Delta Air Lines, Marriott International, and Chico’s FAS.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Champions and family members will board a chartered Delta Air Lines flight to Orlando, Fla., where they’ll spend the next few days sharing their inspirational stories with corporate and hospital partners as well as with members of the media. Of note, Champions will participate in local satellite TV interviews conducted live from Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Nov. 14.

“Delta is proud to sponsor and participate in such a meaningful event, not only for the 54 Champions but for their family members and caregivers,” said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of Community Affairs for Delta. “We are inspired and reminded in each of their stories to keep climbing. We look forward to continuing our 17-year partnership and dedication to helping kids.”

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

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

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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.

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 Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. 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 Chico's FAS, Inc.
The Company, through its brands – Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma, and Boston Proper, is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women's private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items. As of October 21, 2014, the Company operated 1,500 plus stores in the US and Canada and sold merchandise through franchise locations in Mexico. The Company's merchandise is also available at http://www.chicos.com, http://www.whbm.com, http://www.soma.com, and http://www.bostonproper.com. For more detailed information on Chico's FAS, Inc., please go to our corporate website at http://www.chicosfas.com.

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