Credit Unions Have Heart

When she was 15 months old, Olivia Grace Jones became the successful recipient of a new heart. Find out how this affects your credit union.




At six months of age, Olivia Grace Jones was diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart's ability to pump blood is decreased because the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, is enlarged and weakened.  Little Olivia was listed for a heart transplant in November 2004.  She spent three months in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center before she was stable enough to wait for her transplant at home. 

After 296 days on the national transplant list, Olivia finally got the call: a heart was available for her!  Olivia received her new heart on September 25, 2005. Ten days after surgery, she was smiling and blowing kisses at the staff.  She loves Barney and bubbles and has a joyful spirit and an infectious smile that has won the hearts of many at the hospitals where she has spent much of her young life.

Olivia Grace was treated at the Children’s National Medical Center in DC, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.  Every year, Children's Miracle Network hospitals treat 17 million children for every disease and injury imaginable. Children's Miracle Network hospitals impact the lives of more children than any other children's organization in the world, providing state-of-the-art care, life-saving research and preventative education for children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These hospitals are committed to providing the best care for children when they need it.

What better way to make a positive impact in your local area as a member of the credit union industry than through Children's Miracle Network.  In fact, there is a Children's Miracle Network hospital dedicated to serving children in every community across the United States.  Credit unions collectively raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and embrace the philosophy of "people helping people" through the Credit Unions for Kids fund raising program.  

In 2007, the Credit Unions for Kids was endorsed by nearly all 50 state credit union leagues and is the charity of choice for America’s credit unions for one simple reason – 100% of the funds stay local. Credit unions from Alaska to California and from Florida to Maine team together to demonstrate the compassion and generosity found within credit unions and their members. This represents a unique opportunity for credit unions and their members to positively impact their own communities. $53 Million have been raised by credit unions through the Credit Union for Kids program over the past 10 years.

The biggest single fundraising event for Credit Unions for Kids is the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run®, sponsored by PSCU Financial Services.  Juri Valdov, CEO Northwest FCU (VA), explains, “There is no other event – solely sponsored by credit unions – which offers such enormous potential:  the potential to impact the lives of sick children in all 50 states, the potential to make a difference locally, and the potential to showcase the credit union difference nationally.”

To learn more about the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run® and how your credit union or partner organization can get involved, please visit or contact Sarah Turner at



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Jan. 28, 2008



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