Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lindsey's Story

Age 14

Children’s Hospital of Alabama

“Just because a person can’t see, doesn’t mean they can’t do what they want to accomplish in life.” This powerful advice comes from a brave young woman who lost her eyesight at just 4 years old as a result of battling cancer.

Lindsey’s vision began to fade one month before her fourth birthday. Her cancer was so rare and provided such little medical precedence that doctors couldn’t provide her family with many answers. At Children’s Hospital of Alabama Lindsey began daily treatments of radiation in the morning and chemotherapy in the afternoon, which aggressively attacked the cancer hidden behind her sinus cavity and pressing on her optic nerves.

The battle was difficult but Lindsey stayed positive through the ordeal. Today, Lindsey, 14, has been in remission for eight years and her loss of vision hasn’t slowed her down pursuit of a full and happy life. Lindsey takes ballet and tap dance lessons; plays multiple musical instruments; and says that “most of all, I love helping people.”

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.