Children’s is proud to be a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
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, funding critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care at partner hospitals like Children’s. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion thanks to the generosity of corporate partners and programs who are committed to our shared mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals in North America. One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. That means 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. In total Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year.
Charity Care Facts
Every minute, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide $6,500 in charity care to help save kids’ lives. That means Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ members in the United States provide about $3.4 billion in charity care annually.
Thousands of special events and grassroots fundraisers are conducted year-round through a coalition of premier children’s hospitals, media partners, and corporate volunteers working together to ensure healthy kids in their communities.
100 percent of funds raised in our community by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stay in the local area to benefit the children we serve. Check out our events calendar or email us at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation to find out how you can help this worthy cause.
Nebraska’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion
At 18-months old, Lily developed unexplained bruises on her legs. Her parents, Brittany and Cameron, knew something was wrong. Taking the advice of Lily’s pediatrician, they rushed their daughter to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, where they received an unthinkable diagnosis: Lily had leukemia.
“I couldn’t even wrap my head around it. I never in a million years expected anything like this,” said Cameron. “Lots of things started happening right away, so it was good to have that constant stream of people that first night, getting things rolling, because it kept my mind on something other than the devastating news.”
The expert oncology team at Children’s wasted no time in starting treatment for Lily. Within the first 24 hours, she received several infusions, followed by getting an intravenous catheter inserted so she could start receiving all her medicines. It was the beginning of a cancer journey that would take the family on a series of twists and turns.
Lily spent the holidays in the hospital and throughout her induction phase, the period cancer patients go through before receiving chemotherapy and radiation. As part of her treatment, Lily participated in a trial research study where she wore a special backpack – a slow drip form of chemotherapy designed to help kids avoid relapsing. Lily’s family even managed to have a little fun with it, gluing big googly eyes on the backpack before Lily’s appointments. Keeping that element of fun constant throughout Lily’s leukemia battle was important. Lily and her parents would wear matching t-shirts and masks to her appointments during the pandemic, integrating “theme days” into their routines centered around tie-dye, Disney, dinosaurs, Baby Shark and Daniel Tiger. These distractions helped the family stay focused on something other than spinal taps and infusions.
During the maintenance stage of treatment, Lily developed a limp that prevented her from walking. Doctors determined Lily had osteopenia, a condition caused by chemotherapy and steroids. A month after that diagnosis, she woke up with a stress fracture in her foot and had to wear a tiny pink cast to correct it – the perfect color for a little girl full of sweetness and sass.
Lily completed her treatment in February of 2022. She was feeling so healthy that she challenged her doctor to a foot race down the hall! Lily’s bones are growing stronger.
Today, Lily is 4 years old and finished her second year of preschool. An opinionated little lady, she loves being a kid, playing outside and using her boundless energy for her newfound hobby, gymnastic classes.
“Lily loves interacting with other kids her own age, which up until now she really hadn’t been able to experience,” said Brittany. “Now that Lily’s treatments have ended, her energy and excitement keep us on our toes. She still challenges her doctor to races during monthly follow up visits.”
“We could never have made it through this journey without the care and compassion that Children’s has shown us,” said Cameron. “Lily is an amazing ray of sunshine and that is very much because of the wonderful staff at Children’s.”