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Children's Miracle Network Support Vital For St. Luke's Children's Hospital

If your're visiting Costco this weekend be sure to join the thousands of Costco members who have offered their support to the Children's Miracle Network. All donations benefit St. Luke's Children's Hospital.
By Ken Dey, News and Community
May 24, 2013

Every year, more than 70,000 children are cared for at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Idaho. St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital sees all kinds of kids for all kinds of reasons, from basic health care needs to cutting-edge cancer treatment. We are at the frontline of medical care, education, and research, all to ensure that our young patients receive the very best, most compassionate care.

But we can’t do it alone. It takes support from the community to ensure the availability of healthcare facilities, services, and programs children need to be at their healthiest.

How can you help? Donate to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals(CMN Hospitals). Every dollar donated to CMN Hospitals from community members in our area goes directly to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, to help local kids.

Or stop by one of these local CMN Hospitals corporate partner stores to make a donation: Costco Wholesale, May 1 - May 31 Chico’s FAS, May 1 – May 31 Walmart, May 7 – June 21 Dairy Queen, June 1 – August 8

What will my donation be used for? To help kids like Tessa Olsen.

Tessa was born two months early with hydrocephalus, fluid in the skull that causes brain swelling. Tessa spent 56 days in St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Just days old, already growing stronger thanks to loving family and the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital NICU team.

At three days old, Tessa had brain surgery to place a shunt to drain the excess fluid. It was a scary time for Tessa’s family. But she and her parents, Heather and McQ, made it through the nearly two-month journey in the NICU thanks to lots of family support and the team of doctors, nurses, and other caregivers at St. Luke’s.

[Now almost three years old, Tessa is happy, outgoing, and talkative, bringing her personality and lots of joy to every situation.

Parents Helping Parents After bringing Tessa home from the hospital, Heather was inspired to help other families with children in St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital NICU. She joined the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital NICU Family Advisory Council and became a parent mentor. The mentors are a group of parents whose children have “graduated” from St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital NICU and who provide support to new families. They give other parents whose babies need intensive care an opportunity to talk, share, and receive encouragement from those who have been in their shoes.

About a year after Tessa was born, Heather was honored as a 7’s Hero, for her volunteer efforts as a parent mentor. Watch Heather’s 7’s Heroes Story.

Meet Brenna – Idaho’s CMN Hospitals Champion

Idaho’s 2012 CMN Hospitals Champion, Brenna was selected to be featured as one of three champions to represent the Walmart campaign nationwide. Brenna will represent the Western United States, so her photograph and a short video story will run in all Walmarts in this part of the country.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital
190 E. Bannock St.
Boise, ID 83712
208-706-KIDS (5437)