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Here's How YOU Can Support #ChildrensHospitalWeek

During my pregnancy I knew there was the possibility that my baby could be born with a life-altering, chronic disease. Possibility gave birth to reality when my daughter entered this world, receiving a confirming diagnosis, just days following her birth. From the moment of learning of her diagnosis, we prepared (as much as possible) for doctor appointments, specialist care, hospital visits, and a combination of prescribed and holistic medications. While I knew the possibility of raising my daughter with a chronic disease, the reality of the road ahead of us was beyond my scope of vision. Our children's hospital was an excellent resource for not only providing high quality medical care, we were also connected to a caring support network to help get us through treatments. Support matters. Here's how you can support #ChildrensHospitalWeek.

Thank you to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Mom It Forward for the courtesy of providing a gratuitous #ChildrensHospitalWeek supporter box for editorial content purposes.

Here's How YOU Can Support #ChildrensHospitalWeek

One Week. One Cause. 10 Million Kids.

Join in an influential community of supporters teaming up to raise financial donations for children’s hospitals, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals). During #ChildrensHospitalWeek (March 18-24) the goal is helping out kids by supporting children’s hospitals with the funding necessary to take care of more than 10 million kids each year. Funding from government and insurance programs aren't enough to sustain these costs, donations are essential to the livelihood of the work of children’s hospitals, such as pediatric health care, providing equipment, treatments, research and charitable care. 

Photo Credit | Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

"Izabella Neira (above) is one of the youngest patients ever to receive a heart-lung transplant. Her children’s hospital, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., had the expertise and equipment to ensure the now 7-year-old could live a healthy, active life. It also had another vital resource — donations. At Shands Children’s, philanthropy has provided technology that allows caregivers to visualize airways like Izabella’s and pullout sofas where her family slept by her in the days following her surgery."

“This week is about shining a spotlight on the 24-7, around-the-clock charitable needs of children’s hospitals,” said CMN Hospitals president and CEO John Lauck. “Without additional funding, children’s hospitals do not have the resources they need to care for the more 10 million kids treated each year. We need to do more to fill this gap in pediatric health care funding.”

Here's How YOU Can Support #ChildrensHealthWeek

Watch and give during the annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek Live-athon at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 20. Similar to CMN Hospitals’ trademark telethons, this live fundraiser, hosted by Allison Holker and Stephen ‘tWitch” Boss, features inspiring patients, celebrity supporters and corporate guests. Watch live on Facebook.

Wear a bandage in support of children’s hospitals. Get your free bandages here. Take a photo and share it on your social channels with #ChildrensHospitalsWeek.

Tune in to the 22nd annual Ace Shootout at 5 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. This tournament, featuring teams of celebrities competing in golf challenges, raised a record-breaking $2.6 million for children’s hospitals.

Join Dairy Queen® Free Cone Day on March 20 at participating non-mall Dairy Queen® and DQ Grill & Chill® locations.

Eat pancakes at IHOP to support children’s hospitals. One dollar from every purchase of OREO® Oh My Goodness pancakes will support local children’s hospitals.

Round-up your change on purchases made at Love’s Travel Stops to support local children’s hospitals.

Shop Kendra Scott’s Children’s Charm on March 18. All proceeds from charm sales will go to local children’s hospitals.

Donate to your local children’s hospital.

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