Monday, March 15, 2010

Alyssa's Story

Age 15

MeritCare Children’s Hospital

Alyssa is a talented 15-year-old honor roll student and like most girls her age, she loves to play volleyball, piano and visit her lake cabin in the summer. But unlike most girls her age, Alyssa is battling leukemia.

On June 10, 2009, the day she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, her doctor instructed Alyssa and her family to pack and go straight to MeritCare Children’s Hospital. The drive across North Dakota was quiet and five hours later her treatment began with a blood transfusion.

Alyssa has undergone six months of chemotherapy and will continue treatment for another two years. When asked about losing her hair, she shrugs and says: “It’s just hair, things could be a lot worse.”

Alyssa has faced her illness with a positive attitude and never complains. Since she was 12 years old, Alyssa has wanted to be a pharmacist. Now she wants to be a chemo pharmacist.

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.