media.jpg Throughout the year Children's Health Foundation has many exciting events, announcements and publications that we release to the public.

Current Media Release: 

 Walmart Canada Champions for Kids in Our Community
May 5, 2016

Walmart Canada Champions for Kids in Our Community
Walmart associates rally to raise money for kids, like Mckenna Lumley, at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre during Walmart’s May is for Miracles fundraising campaign
May 5, 2016

London, ON – 10-year-old Mckenna Lumley has gone through, and continues to deal with not one, but two very difficult health care obstacles, which include the removal of a brain tumour at the age of four and a more recent diagnosis of scoliosis. When you meet Mckenna, you have no idea she carries the weight of these experiences – what you will notice is that she is a proud member of Walmart’s Champion Child family and an imaginative young girl who is delightful through
and through.

As the 2015/16 Children’s Miracle Network Champion Child, presented by Walmart, Mckenna will be visiting Walmart stores throughout the region during Walmart’s annual May is for Miracles campaign. She will be representing the bravery and resiliency of the paediatric patients who visited Children’s Hospital nearly 107,000 times last year.

From May 5-27, Walmart associates throughout the country are reaching out to their communities by selling Children's Miracle Network paper balloon icons, holding bake sales, BBQs and so much more, all to help make miracles happen for kids in their community. Funds collected by Walmart along with its corporate donation are used to support children’s hospitals across Canada. Throughout Southwestern Ontario and parts of Northern Ontario, these funds are directed to Children’s Hospital through Children’s Health Foundation. Supporting specialized equipment and value-added programs and services, donations help kids like Mckenna to get better so they can return to playing, laughing and growing.

“My job this year as the Champion Child is to work with Children’s Health Foundation to help raise awareness about the kind of battles many kids face and what the hospital and community do to help,” shares Mckenna. “I’d like to thank Walmart and its customers for all you do for kids like me! I really appreciate the great things you do for our community.”

“It is because of community support from our Children’s Miracle Network Partners, like Walmart, and the generosity of their customers, that Children’s Health Foundation is able to support excellence in paediatric health care at Children’s Hospital. These funds stay local to help save and improve kids’ lives by having a world-renowned health care centre right here in our own backyard,” says Susan Crowley, President and CEO, Children’s Health Foundation.

“We are thrilled to partner with Children’s Miracle Network to support the important work being done in their network of hospital foundations around the country. These foundations are integral in providing children with the best health care possible and are a beacon of hope for families going through the most difficult times in their lives. Together with our customers, we look forward to helping make miracles happen through this campaign,” says Erin Mackey, manager, community investment, Walmart Canada.

Customers can visit their local Walmart during the campaign (May 5-27) and make a donation at the till to purchase a miracle balloon. Children’s Health Foundation thanks community members for supporting this campaign when visiting Walmart.



Rebecca Milec
Communications Associate Children’s Health Foundation Phone: 519-432-8062 ext. 129
Cell: 519-868-5796

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Media Contact:

Shaun McGill
Communications Director
Children's Health Foundation
519.432.8062 ext.125


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