Pampers and Walmart. These are 2 things that are a staple for the modern mom. Pampers are the only diapers we have used for all 3 (soon to be 4) children that we have, and Walmart is a great one-stop shop for everything from diapers and wipes to groceries and everything in between. Recently, Walmart has decided to team up with Pampers to donate money to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For those who don’t know, CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS provides comfort, treatment, and hope to millions of sick kids for everything from asthma and broken bones all the way to birth defects or cancer. In honor of this, Walmart is donating a portion of the proceeds for each package of Pampers to the CMNH for a total donation of $200,000!
Some Information about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
Fortunately, my family has never had to have an experience with CMNH (knock on wood). But there are many people who have. Here are a few stories that touched my heart.
WVU Children’s Hospital
Myasthenia Gravis, Diabetes and Heart Issues
Allissondra’s parents were overjoyed at the birth of their happy and healthy little girl in 2009. Her first few months of life were full of magical moments as she began to talk, learned to stand and even sprouted her very first tooth. But then, just before her first birthday, everything changed; Allissondra started having unresponsive spells and developed a dangerously high fever.
Her family soon learned she had myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease leading to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue. Subsequent years brought additional concerns, such as idiopathic tachycardia and diabetes.
In spite of ongoing treatments and hospital stays, little Allissondra is a determined, dynamic and energetic young girl. The pint-sized performer loves to dance around, put on shows and entertain anyone who crosses her path, proving she’s not one to let her diagnoses keep her from happiness.
CMN Hospitals Funds in Action:
Funds from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provide Allissondra with the life-saving equipment, tests and care she needs on a daily basis to survive.
Multiple Heart and Organ Defects
Sophia will tell you God made her “special” by putting her heart on the opposite side, upside down and backwards. Because of the expertise of a multidisciplinary team at her hospital’s Heart Center, this curious and giggly little girl was able to beat the slim chance of survival she was given at birth.
Each heart and organ defect Sophia has is unique, but it’s very rare to find all these conditions in one child. With regular visits, four open-heart surgeries and three stomach surgeries, it’s no surprise all her major milestones — sitting, eating and walking for the first time — happened in the hospital.
Sophia still receives physical and occupational therapy and will always be on medication, but she appreciates each new day. She is passionate about art, playing softball and performing. Sophia recently stole the show as a Lost Boy in her school play and loves making an annual appearance on the local CMN Hospitals Telethon.
CMN Hospitals Funds in Action:
CMN Hospitals funds are used to purchase the latest equipment and diagnostic tools that help doctors find congenital heart defects and perform surgery on the tiniest of patients, like newborn Sophia.
This is a worthwhile organization. Even if you don’t have kids or your children have grown beyond Pampers products, you could still donate to CMNH (http://walmart.com/cmnh). Visit their website for information about CMNH and to donate.
Also, if any of you readers have had an experience with CMNH, feel free to post about it. For each person who posts, whether a story or comment, you will be entered to win a $25 Walmart gift card. I will be doing the drawing on July 20th, so get your comments on to be entered to win.
“The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. All other opinions are my own.”