Children's Miracle Network - People Who Care
Twenty-five years ago premature infants faced daunting odds; an alarming percentage of children did not survive childhood cancer; and children in need of organ transplants lost their battles all too often.
Twenty-five years ago Marie Osmond helped found Children's Miracle Network. The international charity was created to help children's hospitals provide the finest medical care in the world and conduct cutting-edge pediatric research. Today, thanks to advances in research and treatment at children's hospitals, nearly 80 percent of U.S. children with cancer survive. Advances in pediatric organ transplantation are giving more and more children with failing hearts, livers and kidneys a brand new start. And even the tiniest premature infants now have a fighting chance for a healthy life.
Today 90 sponsor organizations, 400 media partners and countless individuals unite with 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities. Donations to Children's Miracle Network create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year.
1. Tell us about founding Children's Miracle Network, a nonprofit that touches so many children across the world?
Being co-founder of Children's Miracle Network has been one of the highlights of my life. I feel privileged to work so closely with an organization that touches millions of children each year. This incredible organization has reached heights none of the founders could have ever imagined. Today we are raising money for more than 170 children's hospitals in four countries! That is truly remarkable. We also have support from hundreds of compassionate sponsors, media partners and countless individuals. It's hard to believe it all started as a small, televised fundraiser from our family's small studio. Today it is one of the most respected children's charities in the world. I feel truly blessed to be a part of it.
2. Did you ever dream that Children's Miracle Network would be as successful and influential as it is today?
I had no idea that Children's Miracle Network would blossom into such an influential children's charity. I don't think you ever realize what a small dream can become. The key to Children's Miracle Network success has been that everyone can rally around this cause, because everyone knows a child who has been treated at a children's hospital. Being a part of this network of good is an honor for me, but also a great blessing for millions of kids.
3. What has been your proudest moment with Children's Miracle Network?
I'm always blown away by the smiles and optimism of the children I meet at children's hospitals. Each one faces a unique set of medical challenges, but they still find things to smile about. Knowing that Children's Miracle Network helps fund the care they need to walk out of the hospital happy and healthy is always a tender moment for me.
4. How would you encourage people to become involved with Children's Miracle Network?
Children's Miracle Network gives everyone, no matter who you are or where you are, the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of children in your community. Whether it is purchasing a Miracle Balloon, donating during a Radiothon, or visiting sites like nonprofitshoppingmall.com - everyone can make a difference. The great thing about this site is that it adds a charitable aspect to shopping you are already doing. It is a perfect way to make the holidays brighter for both sick and injured children in your community while shopping online for your loved ones.
5. What are some of your tips for giving the perfect holiday gift?
My tip for a perfect holiday gift is simple-give something from the heart. It doesn't matter how large or small a gift is when it truly means something. That's why utilizing nonprofitshoppingmall.com during the holidays is one of the most meaningful things you can do. While you're buying that perfect gift, you're also touching the lives of children in your community being treated at a Children's Miracle Network hospital.