Raised funds will help more than 17 million children throughout North America
Salt Lake City, May 31, 2006 – Children’s Miracle Network announced today that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., raised $32 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in 2005 to help children with all types of injuries and illnesses throughout North America. This figure represents an increase of $1 million dollars donated and raised by Wal-Mart stores, SAM’S CLUB locations and Wal-Mart Distribution Centers in the United States and Canada last year.
“Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates and customers amaze us. Year after year Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., continues to be our number one corporate sponsor. Their day-to-day efforts on behalf of our hospitals were incredible last year, bringing their 19-year total to more than $350 million,” said Jim Hall, Children’s Miracle Network CEO.
“We can’t wait to see what the associates and customers will raise this year.”
The funds collected in 2005 will be used to help treat nearly 17 million children at 170 children’s hospitals throughout North America. Each year funds help provide state-of-the-art care, life-saving research and preventative education for children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “We are proud of our longstanding partnership with Children’s Miracle Network and are glad that the funds donated and raised in 2005 will be used to make a real difference in the
lives of children throughout the nation,” said Bob McAdam, vice president of corporate affairs, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “We are also thankful for the generous contributions of our associates and customers who unselfishly contribute to this worthwhile cause each and every year.”
Throughout the years, the efforts of Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB locations have helped fund life-saving research into childhood diseases such as diabetes, pediatric cancer and asthma, as well as medical care and preventative education at hospitals.
All funds raised for Children’s Miracle Network by Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates and customers are donated to the affiliated children’s hospital in their local community. Last year, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB funds helped build:
• The 9th floor at Boston Children’s Hospital where children are treated for asthma and other pulmonary and respiratory illnesses.
• Children’s Hospital of Iowa’s Family Suites, which features 16 hotel rooms within the hospital to keep families close to their tiny patients.
• Three playrooms at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for patients and their families to use whenever a little distraction is needed.
“These are just a few examples of how Wal-Mart is helping children in communities across the country,” explained Hall. “We are grateful for their continued partnership and look forward to watching more Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB miracles this year.”
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About Children’s Miracle Network
Childrens Miracle Network—the alliance of premier hospitals for children—is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Childrens Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. To learn more go to www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.