Monday, March 15, 2010

Andres' Story

Age 12
Bone Cancer

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center

One day after soccer practice Andres knew something was wrong with his knee. A trip to the doctor revealed more than a sports injury. He had osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer.

For even the strongest of adults, a cancer diagnosis is difficult to accept. But Andres, then 8, faced it head-on. He went into surgery with a strong will while doctors removed a tumor and replaced his kneecap with a bionicle joint. Andres underwent chemotherapy and treatment for various infections that could have all endangered his life. It seemed Andres had beaten cancer—until a follow-up scan one year later showed he had relapsed.

When many people would become depressed or angry when faced with a relapse, Andres pushed forward with the same positivity he demonstrated during his first battle with the disease. Staff at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center marveled at his bubbling personality and watched Andres inspire others, twisting balloon animals at fundraising events and sharing his story at the local Radiothon.

Now 12, Andres has finished treatment and looks forward to being in remission. But whatever happens, his loved ones know he'll continue to demonstrate the same optimism that has won the hearts of so many.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

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.