Micheal Yeakey Jr. selected as 2015 CMN Champion

On Thursday, April 23, Riley Children’s Foundation officially honored Michael Yeakey, Jr. of Mishawaka, Ind., as the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion ambassador for the state of Indiana. Throughout this year, Michael and his family will serve as local, state and national spokespeople, advocating for the charitable need at children’s hospitals across North America – including Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Indiana’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner.

Michael was named the 2015 Champion ambassador because of his positive attitude despite undergoing more than 20 surgeries and surgical procedures for his neurogenic bowel and bladder, caused by a tethered spinal cord. Michael has been a patient at Riley Hospital for Children since birth and continues to receive treatment at the hospital on a regular basis.

The Champions program brings 50 children together from across the country that all have tackled severe medical challenges. Michael will help represent the 17 million children that are treated at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year. Through the Champions program, he will continue supporting fundraising campaigns for Riley Hospital. In June, Michael and his family will visit Washington, D.C. to share their story and to inspire others to support children’s hospitals. Delta Air Lines, Marriott and Chico’s FAS, Inc. are the official sponsors of the 2015 Champions program.

WHAT:           
Riley Hospital patient Michael Yeakey, Jr. to receive honor as 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for Indiana
                       
WHO:           
2015 CMN Hospitals Champion Michael Yeakey, Jr.
Five Notre Dame student athletes including:
•    Notre Dame football player Corey Robinson
•    Notre Dame women’s swimmer Sydney Golic

WHEN:           
Thursday, April 23, 2015
5:30 p.m.

WHERE:         
Residence Inn South Bend Mishawaka
231 Park Place
Mishawaka, IN 46545
           
About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only nationally ranked and comprehensive children’s hospital, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics more than 300,000 times as well as an additional 100,000 times in clinics and hospitals staffed by Riley physicians throughout the state. RileyKids.org

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
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, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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