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CHOC CHILDREN'S PATIENT TO REPRESENT CALIFORNIA AS PART OF A GROUP OF YOUNG MEDICAL CHAMPIONS
May 14, 2010

Children’s Miracle Network and Walmart have named a CHOC Children's patient as a Champion for California.

Bailey Spoonhower, 9, who underwent three years of treatment at CHOC Children's Hospital to beat a rare type of cancer called rhabdomysarcoma, will join child ambassadors, known as Champions, from every state as part of the Children’s Miracle Network program, Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club. The program brings attention to the important work being done at children’s hospitals by honoring remarkable children like Bailey who have triumphed despite medical challenges.

Bailey will travel for two separate weeks as a representative of the 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals each year throughout the United States. He and his fellow Champions will travel to Washington, D.C., in June, where they will visit The White House and Capitol Hill to share their stories of medical victory.  They will go to Orlando, Fla., in November, for the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort.

Since the partnership began in 1987, Children’s Miracle Network and Walmart have worked together to help children by raising money for children’s hospitals. This year, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members are celebrating the contribution of more than $500 million for children’s hospitals during the relationship, with more than $17.5 million benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in California.

This is the second year Walmart and Sam’s Club have sponsored the Champions program.

About Children’s Miracle Network
Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals. Each year, the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. To learn more, go to ChildrensMiracleNetwork.org.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
 

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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