Monday, March 15, 2010

Riley's Story

Age 12
Heart Transplant

The Children’s Hospital

Riley’s first flight was when he was just 8 hours old. The Flight for Life helicopter flew Riley and his father from Kansas to The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. after doctors noticed declining vital-signs, a grey-blue tint to his skin and a possible heart murmur.

Unknown to Riley’s parents, they had selected one of the leading pediatric heart institutes in the nation for his care. They soon found out the hospital was also filled with people who love children.

“Down to every lab technician that has ever had to poke Riley’s finger, they all have a heart for children,” said Riley’s mom.

After waiting for a heart for four and a half months, Riley had a successful heart transplant. Riley headed home only 10 days after surgery, but his family decided to make a permanent move to Wyoming to be close for follow-up care. Riley will take medication for the rest of his life, but it hasn’t slowed him down.

Today, Riley’s heart is working perfectly and he loves to play baseball, ski and now finds joy when flying with his dad, a licensed pilot.

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.