Children's Miracle Network 2012 Champions and their families visit Ottawa enroute to Orlando where they will join their U.S. counterparts - activities have included VIP visits to the RCMP musical ride stables ...
Amazing stories of children's courage from across the country are
honoured in Ottawa.
OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Twelve Champions representing Champions Presented by Walmart, a Children's Miracle Network program are being honoured in Ottawa with
a weekend of VIP events that will wrap up by sharing their
inspirational stories at a media luncheon on Monday, September 17,
These 12 Champions have been selected as Canada's international
ambassadors representing the 2.6 million kids treated each year at
Children's Miracle Network member hospitals across the country. This
program honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe
medical challenges. The 2012 program marks the 16th consecutive year that the selected Canadian Champion children will
visit Ottawa en route to Orlando, Florida where they will join the U.S.
Champions and their families at the Children's Miracle Network Celebration event at Walt Disney World.
While in Ottawa, the Champion children and their families will be
treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic RCMP
musical ride stables and training grounds where they will meet the
horses, as well as a VIP red carpet experience at one of Ottawa's most
popular tourist attractions, Saunders Farm. On September 17, these
incredible children along with their families will be treated to a
media luncheon in their honor to share their stories. Special guest
speakers at the luncheon include former CFL and NFL player Mark
Hatfield and Canadian Paralympic gold medalist Benoit St. Amand who
will share their stories of what it means to be a champion. Media
veteran and Children's Miracle Network supporter Max Keeping will
continue his role as the master of ceremonies.
"We are proud to continue to support Children's Miracle Network and
pediatric healthcare across Canada," says John Lawrence, Director of
Corporate Social Responsibility at Walmart Canada. "With the help of
these Champion children, we share the story of strength, courage, hope
and dedication of Canadian children's hospitals."
"These children personify a true Champion" says John Hartman, Chief
Operating Officer, at Children's Miracle Network. "Each Champion has
their own inspiring story to tell and they help to raise awareness for
the important work being done every day by local children's hospitals."
This year, the Children's Miracle Network Champions are as follows:
Caitlin Wong, age 10, Toronto - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Elly Clemence Bains, age 13, Saskatchewan - V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome
Joshua Philips, age 13, Ottawa - Brain Stem Stroke
Kasen Andrushko, age 9, Manitoba - Glycogen Storage Disease
Jarod Gratton, age 9, Hamilton - Acute Ischemic Stroke
Aidan Campbell, age 11, Calgary - Stroke
Luca Piccolo, age 11, British Columbia - Cystic Fibrosis
Madison Dawson, age 12, Edmonton - Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dawson, Malolepszy, age 14, London - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
& Anorexia Nervosa
Grace Hart, age 8, Newfoundland Labrador - Diamond Blackfan Anemia
Charles Domingue, age 15, Quebec - Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Georgia Cromwell-Hape, age 9, the Maritimes - Juvenile Dermatomyositis
For their complete profiles please visit: http://childrensmiraclenetwork.ca/About/Champions
About Children's Miracle Network
Children's Miracle Network® raises funds for 170 children's hospitals,
14 of which are in Canada. These hospitals, in turn, use the money
where it's needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the
community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids.
Established in 1983, Children's Miracle Network raises funds to support
critical research, education, purchase life-saving equipment, and
ensure excellence in care, all in support of our mission to save and
improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Learn more at ChildrensMiracleNetwork.ca
Champion's Presented by Walmart is a Children's Miracle Network program that honours remarkable
children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. For
their courage and perseverance, these children have been selected as
international ambassadors for the 17 million kids treated each year at
Children's Miracle Network member hospitals across North America
Video with caption: "Children's Miracle Network 2012 Champions and their families visit
Ottawa enroute to Orlando where they will join their U.S. counterparts -
activities have included VIP visits to the RCMP musical ride stables and
Saunders Farm.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120917_C7047_VIDEO_EN_17949.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120917_C7047_PHOTO_EN_17949.jpg&clientName=Children%27s%20Miracle%20Network&caption=Children%27s%20Miracle%20Network%202012%20Champions%20and%20their%20families%20visit%0D%0AOttawa%20enroute%20to%20Orlando%20where%20they%20will%20join%20their%20U%2ES%2E%20counterparts%20%2D%0D%0Aactivities%20have%20included%20VIP%20visits%20to%20the%20RCMP%20musical%20ride%20stables%20and%0D%0ASaunders%20Farm%2E&title=CHILDREN%27S%20MIRACLE%20NETWORK%20%2D%20Children%27s%20Miracle%20Network%202012%20Champions%20Visit%20Ottawa&headline=Children%27s%20Miracle%20Network%20Champions%20Arrive%20in%20Ottawa%20En%20Route%20to%20Disney%20World
Image with caption: "Children's Miracle Network Champions with Cst. Jeremy Tipper on an exclusive tour of the RCMP musical ride stables in Ottawa. (CNW Group/Children's Miracle Network)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120917_C7047_PHOTO_EN_17946.jpg
Image with caption: "Children's Miracle Network Champions on their VIP visit of Saunders Farm in Ottawa. (CNW Group/Children's Miracle Network)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120917_C7047_PHOTO_EN_17945.jpg
SOURCE: Children's Miracle Network
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