Monday, March 15, 2010

Zach's Story

Age 10
Motor Vehicle Accident

Inland Northwest Health Services

“Tell them to save my legs so that I can play and run and ride my bike.” Those were the last words Zach said to his father before being rushed off to the hospital. Zach had been riding his scooter when he stopped briefly. At that moment a dump truck was reversing and struck Zach. The driver, not realizing he hit anything, put the truck in drive, accidentally striking Zach a second time.

Zach sustained multiple pelvic fractures, significant internal bleeding, a foot laceration, a rib fracture, and a laceration to his kidney that required it to be removed. He faced a nearly unbearable recovery remaining immobile for eight weeks. Though eight weeks seemed like forever for an active 10-year-old, Zach overcame his incredible medical challenges in a relatively short period of time. If you saw him today you’d never suspect he was involved in such a traumatic accident.

Now that Zach has graduated from physical therapy he has pushed on to be a “normal” 10-year-old boy. He plays soccer everyday at school, he excels at his studies, and his imagination continues to spill creativity into the form of comic strips, cartoon characters and short stories.

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.