Monday, March 8, 2010

Bailey's Story

Age 9

Children’s Hospital Orange County

Bailey, 9, is a bit of an Internet star. His family’s YouTube channel chronicles Bailey’s fight against rhabdomyosarcoma. Some videos have been seen by thousands of people, most likely because his gregarious personality is so irresistible and he spreads a message of hope.

In April 2006, shortly after Bailey’s fifth birthday, he was diagnosed with cancer. His aggressive treatments, however, didn’t stop the cancer from coming back just a month after he finished chemo and radiation. Almost immediately he went back into chemotherapy. He finished this round in May 2009 and, along with his family, is living life without regrets.

With that said, cancer hasn’t dampened Bailey’s energetic spirit. In fact, nurses said he acted so “super” during his treatments that they called him “SuperBay.” He has turned Children’s Hospital Orange County into a second home, making his nurses and doctors a second family, and he has positively touched thousands of lives by spreading his message of hope.

Friday, January 22, 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.

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 cancer, diabetes and dog attacks, as well as rare genetic disorders.

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 where 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.