Monday, March 15, 2010

Bella's Story

Age 7
Fibular Hemimelia

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

Take one look at 7-year-old Bella and the first thing you'll notice is her vibrant red hair. Her personality is just as vibrant. Bella is an outgoing child with an artistic flair and active imagination. She's also wise beyond her years, the result of a lifetime of medical challenges.

Bella was born with fibular hemimelia, meaning she has no fibula bone in her left leg. She has just four toes and her left foot and knee weren't formed correctly. Without treatment, Bella's left leg would grow to only half the length of her right. Her family faced two options: amputate the affected leg and fit her for a prosthetic, or lengthen the leg through a series of treatments and surgeries. They chose the second option, and thus began Bella's relationship with the caregivers at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

Bella understands she's different, but also understands there are others who face even greater challenges. This is what makes her so compassionate and accepting. She was taught never to stare at others who may look different but instead to ask questions. This has led to open dialogue and questions about her differences, questions she easily answers. Whatever comes her way, Bella is determined to triumph over her disability and live a happy, imaginative life.

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.