The McMaster Children’s Hospital is excited to announce Sarah Stephens as their 2016 Children’s Miracle Champion!
Just a few days ago at the Barton Street Walmart in Hamilton, Sarah received this recognition as the first of twelve incredible champions, who will serve as the faces of the 4,900 children treated at Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals daily.
Sarah is a brave 12 year old who has spent the last year battling leukemia and blood clots resulting from her treatment. Prior to being diagnosed, she was an avid swimmer, soccer player, track star, and dancer. Sarah’s undefeatable spirit, which has served her well as she’s faced a difficult course of treatment, represents the ideal of a CMN Champion.
Champions and their families travel to Toronto and Orlando on an official Ambassador Tour to highlight the vital work of children’s hospitals and the strength of the children who face significant illness. Funding for the program is provided by Walmart, and with this year’s contributions, Walmart’s donations to the Children’s Miracle Network will exceed $100 million to date.
In the photo above you’ll find (left to right): Pearl Veenema – President & CEO Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Jennifer Laughton – VP Development McMaster Children’s Hospital & McMaster University Medical Centr, Cathi MacDonnell-Stephens – Sarah’s Mom, Sarah Stephens – 2016 Champion, Jessica Wilson – 2014 Champion, Diana Wilson – Jessica’s Mom, Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, President of McMaster Children’s Hospital (behind), Greg Wilson – Jessica’s Dad, Hamid Chaudry – Director, Market Leader, District 13, Walmart Canada, and Nancy Sheffield – Director Children’s Miracle Network Programs & Special Projects, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation.