Thursday, March 11, 2010

Peyton's Story

Age 11
Brain Tumor

The Children’s Hospital

The first thing you’d notice upon meeting Peyton, 11, is how strikingly beautiful she is, accented by her magnetic smile. On getting to know her better, you’d learn she loves tennis and art. And only maybe in deeper conversation with her and her family would you learn that Peyton’s life was in jeopardy at the age of 5.

After experiencing symptoms of headaches and nausea, Peyton’s pediatrician recommended she go to The Children’s Hospital for a CT scan. Her plans of heading to the zoo after the appointment were quickly abandoned when doctors discovered an enlarged tumor on her brain. Within 36 hours of the diagnosis, Peyton received a craniotomy, removing most of the tumor. Its position made it too risky to remove the entire mass.

Although doctors have discovered a small regrowth and continue to carefully monitor Peyton, she is leading a healthy life without limitations. Peyton’s amazing spirit inspires everyone she comes in meets.

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.