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How Companies Help My Miracle Kid


June 19, 2017
Topics: Donors, Riley Kid Story



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Ben Edwards, New Palestine, Ind.

When people or corporations give money to children’s hospitals, all of the money goes directly to helping kids in one way or another. When donors actually see children who are currently in treatment or who have undergone treatment this helps to show what donations have done in the past and clarifies why more money is needed for the future. This is why Riley kids can be seen everywhere on commercials, on change cans in gas stations, and even on golf courses. This is why so many kids from different children’s hospitals across the country could be seen at the National Cash Register (NCR) country club in Dayton, Ohio for a Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) golf tournament and fundraiser on June 12 and 13.

Dozens of corporations participated, and their representatives got to know the children and their families. My son, Ben, is 7 years old and now 6 years in remission from a cancerous brain tumor. Ben had a chance to play with other Miracle Kids who are like him in some way, and his older brother got to meet the siblings of other Miracle Kids who have been through something similar.

Miss America came and hugged a lot of kids, and Ben bragged that he taught her how to throw a football. The wonderful people at Speedway convenience stores opened up several free stores filled with the kind of food you see in a Speedway station (including free pizzas!) and then gave the kids bags that they could fill. Kids who have spent time in emergency rooms and cancer treatment wards got to be kids in a candy store for a couple of days.

Children’s Miracle Network connects corporations to children’s hospitals. Businesses do not just contribute money, but also donate time through committees, and develop innovative ways for their own customers to give. Speedway, for example, offers customers the chance to donate their “change” to CMN (for example, if a bill comes to $3.75, customers can donate a quarter). All of this money goes directly to saving the kids who were running around on the greens and offering golfers a chance to donate.

When people and corporations give money to children’s hospitals, that money goes directly to saving kids. For a few days this June, the sponsors of Children’s Miracle Network had a chance to see what my family and I see every day: a child who is alive and healthy in large part because of their donations.


Chris Edwards, Ed. D.

Chris Edwards, Ed.D, teaches AP World History teacher at Fishers High School, and is the author of several books including "Teaching Genius: Redefining Education with Lessons from Science and Philosophy." Chris donates the royalties from "Teaching Genius" to Riley Children's Foundation in support of pediatric cancer research at Riley Hospital. Chris and his wife Beth live in New Palestine are the parents of two boys, Blake, and Ben, who is doing well after being treated at Riley for a cancerous brain tumor.


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