Monday, March 15, 2010

Conor's Story

Age 15

Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care

It’s not abnormal for a child to catch the flu at school during flu season, but Conor kept getting it over and over. After yet another bout with the virus in May 2009, Conor returned to school. This time a classmate noticed he had rashes on his legs. Immediately his mom took him to the doctor where they did blood tests to make sure the condition wasn’t too serious. Unfortunately, it was. Conor had leukemia. Since his diagnosis Conor has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy as well as radiation treatments.

Through it all Conor, 15, displayed a positive attitude and approached his illness with humor. While he was being treated at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, he was often seen sporting a t-shirt that read: “My Oncologist is better than your Oncologist.” Conor’s witty and intelligent nature has endeared him to hospital staff and everyone he encounters. He’s also shown his great maturity and thoughtfulness by constantly embracing his mother and assuring her that everything will be fine.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

About Walmart and Sam’s Club

Wal-Mart has supported Children’s Miracle Network since 1987. Since then, Children’s Miracle Network and Wal-Mart have worked tirelessly together to help children by raising money for children’s hospitals. Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members have raised more than $500 million for children’s hospitals during the 23 year relationship. This is the second year Walmart and Sam’s Club have sponsored the Champions program.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club

Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club is a Children's Miracle Network program that brings attention to the important work being done at children’s hospitals by honoring remarkable children who have faced severe medical challenges.

The Champions program designates a champion child in every state who has bravely battled a serious injury or illness. The champions represent the nearly 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals every year. The 2010 champions have dealt with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses including genetic diseases, heart transplants and traumas, as well as life-threatening staph infections.

As part of Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club, the champions travel for a week in June to Washington, D.C., where champions traditionally meet with their state senators on Capitol Hill, and the President of the United States during a visit to the White House. The family then travels to Orlando, Fla., for a second week in November. There, champions meet Children’s Miracle Network sponsor, hospital and media partners who all convene to celebrate a year of medical miracles during the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort.