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Miracle Treat Day arrives July 30

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At least $1 from every Blizzard sold July 30 will go to Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the local CMN Hospitals beneficiary.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – It’s summer again in the CSRA, and that means everyone is suffering the Georgia heat and could benefit from something cool and refreshing. Lucky for us, local DQ stores will be serving their famous Blizzards on Miracle Treat Day, Thursday, July 30, with $1 or more from every Blizzard sold being donated to Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Participating Dairy Queens include:

In Augusta:
– 2837 Central Ave.
– 3149 Washington Road
– 3450 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta Mall
– 4099 Jimmie Dyess Parkway
– 3102 Peach Orchard Road

In Millen: 1234 U.S. Highway 25 North

In Swainsboro: 391 South Main St.

In Thomson: 1850 Washington Road

In Waynesboro: 221 S. Liberty St.

In Louisville: 205 U.S. Highway 1 Bypass

Miracle Treat Day is a CMN Hospitals fundraiser. CHOG, a not-for-profit hospital, has been a beneficiary of the CMN Hospitals program since 1986. Last year, local DQ stores raised more than $18,000 on Miracle Treat Day.

The event lasts all day and group pre-orders are available. For more information, call Catherine Stewart, CMN Development Officer, at 706-832-1804 or castewart@gru.edu.

With 154 beds, CHOG is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit facebook.com/GAChildrens or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/GAChildrens

Local Publix stores raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Georgia

Purchase a Miracle Balloon for $1, $3, or $5 at local Publix Super Markets this month, and you can help make miracles happen at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

The fundraising campaign will help with renovations to the Children Hospital of Georgia’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where some of the tiniest babies receive life-saving care every day. Last year the six local Publix stores raised nearly $19,000 for the hospital.

Around the nation, more than 1,000 Publix stores are participating in support of 23 hospitals that are members of the Children’s Miracle Network. Publix has set a goal to exceed the nearly $3.3 million raised in 2014. Since 1992, Publix has raised more than $30 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

To find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and to learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, visit www.CMNHospitals.org and www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals

Kroger fundraiser benefits NICU

Area Kroger stores raise money for Children’s Hospital of Georgia
Campaign will provide funds for NICU expansion

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Today through June 9, local Kroger stores will be asking customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are and purchase $1 Miracle Balloons to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Georgia, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

This year’s local donations will help save the lives of the hospital’s tiniest patients by helping fund an expansion of CHOG’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest level of newborn critical care.

The renovation plan includes adding four more beds to the 41-bed unit to help accommodate families like the McGahees of Athens. Their triplet girls, born more than two months early last summer, were cared for in the NICU until they were healthy enough to go home.

The 154-bed not-for-profit Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit facebook.com/GAChildrens or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/GAChildrens

All the funds raised through this campaign will go to local CMN Hospitals in the Kroger service area to improve the lives of more than 10 million children. Headquartered in Cincinnati, the supermarket retailer is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, education, health and wellness, and diversity programs.

Kroger has partnered with CMN Hospitals since 1996, raising more than $10 million for sick and injured kids. Last year, 211 Kroger stores across the South raised more than $412,000 with the CMN campaign.

The Kroger Southwest Division operates 217 stores, 211 pharmacies, and 130 fuel centers and is part of one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains serving customers in 34 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about Kroger, visit kroger.com.

 

J. Lo advocates for children’s hospitals

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jennifer Lopez is joining Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as an official spokesperson to encourage supporters to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are.” The actress and singer is the latest celebrity to join CMN’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for 170 member children’s hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

Lopez, an actress, singer, American Idol judge and mother of twins, is a longtime supporter of children’s hospitals through her Lopez Family Foundation. She will be appearing in print, television, and radio advertisements, including commercials airing during this season’s final episodes of Fox’s “American Idol.”

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Above is a full-page print ad for Children’s Hospital of Georgia, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, featuring actress Jennifer Lopez.

The Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are campaign brings attention to the importance of urgently needed donations to children’s hospitals and underscores the miracles that happen every day at CHOG and other CMN hospitals across North America. Here are some quick facts:

• 62 kids enter a CMN Hospital for care every minute
• 97 children will have surgery at CMN Hospitals every hour
• 16,000 children are treated in CMN Hospitals emergency rooms every hour

“At Children’s Hospital of Georgia, CMN funds provide new equipment, such as NICU beds, patient monitors, and blanket warmers, plus a multitude of other supplies and resources that help make miracles happen for our patients and families,” said Catherine Stewart, CHOG’s CMN Hospitals Development Officer. “We are so excited about this new campaign and Jennifer Lopez’s help in promoting CMN. There are so many worthy organizations where you can donate your money, but we are asking people to ‘Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are.’ This is really a no-brainer.”

In the Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are advertisements, Lopez wears a yellow Miracle Band. The design resembles the identification bands worn by children while in the hospital and represents the more than 100,000 children treated annually at CHOG and the 10 million kids treated at all CMN Hospitals each year. Anyone can order a free Miracle Band at MyMiracleBand.org. Supporters are encouraged to share their reasons for wearing a Miracle Band on social media with #MiracleBand.

For more information on how you can become a CHOG supporter through CMN Hospitals, please contact Stewart at castewart@gru.edu or 706-721-4004; or Jessica Seigler, CMN Development Coordinator, at jseigler@gru.edu, or 706-446-0232.

The 2015 CMN Hospitals Celebration (telethon) for Children’s Hospital of Georgia, which is usually scheduled for the first weekend in June, will broadcast live from the CHOG lobby from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23.

About CHOG
The 154-bed CHOG is the second-largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit CHOG at facebook.com/GAChildrens and twitter.com/GAChildrens

About CMN
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

 

Put Your Money Where Your Miracles Are

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ‘Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are’ campaign kicks off this Friday, May 1. The new campaign featuring celebrity spokesperson and mom, Jennifer Lopez, is to help raise awareness of Children’s Hospital of Georgia and the miracles that happen here every day.

As an organization of over 10,000 strong, it is important our employees can communicate what makes Children’s Hospital of Georgia a tremendous asset to our region. So we invite you to Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are.

To show your support, you can join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ newest spokesperson, Jennifer Lopez, a mom and longtime supporter of children’s hospitals by wearing a miracle band. The band resembles the identification bands worn by kids during their hospital stays and representing the more than 10 million kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. Get your free Miracle Band at MyMiracleBand.org. Share your support for Children’s Hospital of Georgia on social media by using #MiracleBand. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Communications and Marketing at marketing@gru.edu.

Get free DQ cone today and support CHOG

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations across the nation will kick off the brand’s 75th anniversary by giving away ice cream and raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For its 75th “Fanniversary,” DQ fans will be offered a free small vanilla soft-serve cone today, March 16, the 75th day of the calendar year.

CMNHospitalslogo_color-125x180DQ stores also will collect donations to help save and improve the lives of pediatric patients treated at the 170 CMN Hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. Over the last 30 years, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $100 million through CMN events, and all local proceeds will go directly to Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the local CMN hospital.

DQ officials say the free cone day provides a way to say thank you to fans for their patronage, and it’s the perfect opportunity for families and friends to support their local children’s hospital. Participating area stores include all five Augusta locations, as well as DQs in Thomson, Louisville, Millen, Swainsboro, and Waynesboro.

For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit DairyQueen.com. Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using #LOVEmyDQ and at twitter.com/dairyqueen. Visit the DQ Facebook fan page, which has more than 9.8 million friends, and become a friend at facebook.com/dairyqueen.

The 154-bed not-for-profit CHOG is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit facebook.com/GAChildrens or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/GAChildrens

Help young patients by eating at Moe’s

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Area Moe’s Southwest Grill locations will raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia this weekend through its Joey’s for Juniors event. For every $4 Joey Bag of Donuts purchase on Oct. 17-18, Moe’s will donate $2 to CHOG, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

CMNHospitalslogo_color-125x180The Joey burrito includes beans, seasoned rice, shredded cheese, pico de gallo and choice of flour or whole-grain tortilla, as well as choice of meat or organic tofu. Participating locations are:

• 3450 Wrightsboro Road, Suite D-225 at Augusta Mall (Promenade)
• 2805-C Washington Road at Washington Walk in Augusta
• 4239 Washington Road, Suite 1, in Evans
• 1500 Whiskey Road in Aiken

For more information on the fundraiser, contact Catherine Stewart at castewart@gru.edu or at 706-721-4004. You may also visit facebook.com/moesaugusta for details.

The 154-bed not-for-profit CHOG is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Last year, Moe’s raised more than $2,200 for CHOG through a one-day event.

Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual concept featuring fresh southwest fare in an engaging atmosphere in more than 550 locations in the U.S. and abroad. Founded in 2000, Atlanta-based Moe’s Southwest Grill was ranked #1 in category in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 in 2010 and is a Gold Award winner of the 2008 Consumer’s Choice in Chains Awards. For more information, visit moes.com.

Blizzards on sale today in CHOG lobby

Cool off with a sweet treat during this hot summer and support the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, at the same time.

Small DQ Blizzards will be on sale for $4 each on Thursday, Aug. 14, in the CHOG lobby beginning at 1 p.m. while supplies last. There will be a variety of flavors in stock. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. Get yours before they melt!

For more information, contact Catherine Stewart at castewart@gru.edu or 706-721-4004.2014 CMN Miracle Treat Day Logo

Miracle Treat Day is a CMN fundraiser for CHOG. A portion of the proceeds from every Blizzard sold Thursday will go toward the purchase of special new phototherapy lights to treat babies with jaundice.

You can also purchase a Blizzard at any of these participating Augusta DQ locations in a variety of sizes, prices, and flavors:

• 2837 Central Avenue
• 3149 Washington Road
• 3450 Wrightsboro Road (Augusta Mall)
• 4099 Belair Road
• 3102 Peach Orchard Road

Locations outside Augusta include:
• Millen: 1234 US Hwy 25 N
• Swainsboro: 391 S. Main Street
• Waynesboro: 221 S. Liberty Street
• Louisville: 205 US Highway 1 BYP
• Thompson: 1850 Washington Road

The 154-bed CHOG is the second-largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit CHOG at facebook.com/GAChildrens and twitter.com/GAChildrens

Miracle Treat Day helps make hospital experiences kid-friendly

Annual fundraiser at DQ stores on Aug. 14 benefits Children’s Hospital of Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Mandy Underwood of Millen is grateful for the specialized care her sons received at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, but she says it was experiences like riding the halls in a red wagon and selecting a toy to take into surgery that helped make a difference when her boys were patients at the hospital.

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Brothers Garrison Underwood,14, and Gavin Underwood, 10, of Millen, Ga., received specialized pediatric care as toddlers at Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

“It’s the little things that mean so much,” said Underwood, the Executive Director of the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce and mother to Garrison and Gavin. A severe bout with the rotavirus landed Garrison at CHOG when he was a toddler.

“On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the worst, he was a 5,” Underwood recalled. “He stayed in the hospital for five days. It’s hard to keep a two-year-old in bed. So, every few hours we went for a ride in the red wagon. It gave him a way to get out of the room.”

As a not-for-profit hospital, CHOG relies on the generosity of donors, supporters, and fundraisers to finance the many programs and services that make CHOG unique. One such fundraiser is the annual Miracle Treat Day on Aug. 14 at area Dairy Queen stores. The DQ in the Underwoods’ hometown of Millen, as well as about a nine other DQ locations across the CSRA, will support CHOG, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, by donating a portion of the proceeds from every Blizzard sold on Miracle Treat Day.

Area DQ stores raised about $12,400 for CHOG through Blizzard sales in 2013, and more than $2,000 of those proceeds were generated at the Millen DQ.

“Miracle Treat Day is a chance for us to give back to the community and help many children,” said Millen DQ owner Neasyie M. Suggs. “Each year we choose a goal, and then we have fun trying to get there.”

The Underwoods found themselves back at CHOG when their second son Gavin was diagnosed with a hernia related to being born too early. He had to have surgery, but he really was too young to understand, according to Underwood. “All he could think about was the toy he got to choose from the toy chest. He held onto that toy going into the operating room; and when he woke up, they made sure he had it right beside him. He also got to ride in a red wagon.”

The family is also thankful to Gavin’s “awesome doctor” – Dr. Robin Hatley – and that the hospital allowed them to be with Gavin until he went under anesthesia. “This was great, because as a mom, you are scared and your heart breaks for your child.”

Participating Augusta locations are:
• 2837 Central Avenue
• 3149 Washington Road
• 3450 Wrightsboro Road (Augusta Mall)
• 4099 Belair Road
• 3102 Peach Orchard Road

Locations outside Augusta include:
• Millen: 1234 US Hwy 25 N
• Swainsboro: 391 S. Main Street
• Waynesboro: 221 S. Liberty Street
• Louisville: 205 US Highway 1 BYP
• Thompson: 1850 Washington Road

This year’s proceeds will go toward the purchase of new phototherapy equipment for babies who have jaundice.

“Every penny counts toward improving the care for our young patients,” said Catherine Stewart, CMN Development Coordinator at CHOG. “We encourage everyone to enjoy a cold Blizzard on a hot summer day and help us improve the care for the nearly 100,000 children treated at CHOG each year.”

Group pre-orders also are available, and businesses interested in placing group orders should contact Stewart for more information at castewart@gru.edu or 706-721-4004.

The 154-bed CHOG is the second-largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children. Visit CHOG at facebook.com/GAChildrens and twitter.com/GAChildrens

CMN TV partner wins state award for Children’s Hospital Christmas special

“Celebrating Miracles,” a special Christmas broadcast that aired at noon Dec. 25, 2013, on WRDW-TV News 12 earned the Augusta CBS affiliate a 2014 Georgia Associated Press Media Editors award in the Best Documentary or News Special Programming category.

Produced by Chris Curry and hosted by anchors Richard Rogers and Jessica Dill, the half-hour program was a combination of Children’s Hospital of Georgia patient stories and other features from the 2013 telethon and the 13th annual radiothon. News 12 is the official Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals television partner for CHOG.

Watch the entire “Celebrating Miracles” program on YouTube, or view it in four parts by visiting wrdw.com/community/cmn and scrolling through the video player on the right side of the page. You can also watch other CHOG videos and patient stories from the past several years on the station’s CMN page.

Georgia APME is a state-level organization of the national APME comprised of newspapers and broadcast stations that are members of this news cooperative.