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.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Marcquille's Story

Age 17

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Sickle Cell Disease

Anyone who knows Marcquille has shared a good laugh with him. He has a knack for finding the humor in just about anything, and he never gets tired of making people laugh.

Marcquille’s upbeat spirit isn’t dimmed by his ongoing battle with a chronic, life-threatening disease. In spite of severe pain episodes caused by sickle cell disease, Marcquille is an incredibly accomplished young man. He was elected junior class president, starred in a local production of “Raisin in the Sun,” and received a leadership award from the Board of Education. When he isn’t hanging out with friends or playing video games, Marcquille also finds time to sing in multiple choirs, play the piano, take advanced placement high school courses and run on the track team.

He is candid about his disease and devoted to educating others about sickle cell, from addressing Connecticut’s legislature to sharing his story with his peers. Wherever he is and whatever he’s doing, Marcquille’s bright outlook on life is contagious