Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions

Champions is a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program that brings attention to the important work being done at its 170 children’s hospitals. It does this by honoring 51 remarkable kids who have faced severe medical challenges, and helping them tell their stories.

The Champions program designates a 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 2011 Champions have dealt with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses including genetic diseases, organ transplants and traumas, as well as various types of cancer.

The Champions travel for a week in October, first to Washington, D.C., where they traditionally meet with their state senators on Capitol Hill, and the President of the United States during a visit to the White House. They then take a private chartered flight, provided by Delta Air Lines, to Orlando, Fla. There, champions meet Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals sponsors, hospital representatives and media partners who all convene to celebrate a year of medical miracles during the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ben's Story

Age 14

Children's Hospital of Richmond


Ben and his mom spent weeks planning his 10th birthday. Invitations were sent, entertainment was booked, and Ben’s friends were excited to attend. But the day before the festivities, Ben was taken to the hospital with abdominal pain and a sore throat. Unfortunately, his birthday surprise was a diagnosis of T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. White blood cells were invading his body including his lungs, spleen and around his heart. Ben began chemotherapy immediately.

Similar to any child undergoing chemotherapy, Ben had his ups and downs during treatment. He faced several rare side effects and allergic reactions to his drugs, but he overcame each challenge with the help of the talented doctors and oncology team at Children's Hospital of Richmond.

After 25 months of treatment, Ben completed treatment.

Today, you will find 13-year-old Ben in the spotlight. He loves to perform and entertain those around him, determined to leave the world a better, happier place.