Through the upcoming Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-mile Run in Washington D.C. on April 5th, Wisconsin credit unions have teamed up to help Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The hospital, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. Together, Children's Hospital and other Children's Miracle Network affiliated hospitals treat 17 million children a year for every disease and condition imaginable based on need, not ability to pay.
"This national credit union race has an important local impact right here in Wisconsin, because donations from each credit union are given to a Children's Miracle Network hospital in the credit union's local community," said Keri Brunelle, Fundraising Manager, Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation. "I challenge you to encourage your local credit unions members to consider a donation of time or money in support of this worthwhile cause."
As private, independent, not-for-profits, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is able to fulfill its mission thanks in part to philanthropic gifts and support from members of the community, such as Wisconsin credit unions. In 2008, Wisconsin credit unions and affiliated industry organizations contributed more than $47,000 to local hospitals through their involvement in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run® , including nearly $16,000 for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin which serves children and families from Wisconsin and beyond. Children's Hospital is rated No. 3 in the nation by Parents magazine and named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
"Participating in events like the Cherry Blossom Run truly demonstrates credit unions' philosophy of 'people helping people'," said Brett Thompson, President & CEO of The Wisconsin Credit Union League, the state trade association for not-for-profit financial institutions. "Wisconsin credit unions find intrinsic value in helping kids get the treatment and specialized care they need and truly view it as an extension of their mission."
Wisconsin credit unions and their members raise hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for sick and injured children. In addition to their involvement in the Cherry Blossom Run, they coordinate and volunteer in a wide variety of fundraising events to raise dollars for Children's Hospital and other Children's Miracle Network affiliated hospitals in the state.
Children need the specialized care and equipment only children’s hospitals can provide. Children's Miracle Network hospitals:
* Treat 98% of all children needing heart or lung transplants.
* Treat 88% of all children with cancer.
* Treat 76% of all children with cystic fibrosis.
* Treat 90% of all children with sickle cell anemia.
* Treat 72% of all children with pediatric AIDS.
* Devote 60% of their services to children under age six and 25% to newborns.
* Train 60% of pediatricians and 80% of all pediatric specialists.
* Educate families about issues like child safety seats, helmet safety and bike safety.
Wisconsin credit unions and industry partners presented a check Tuesday for $15,858 to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Pictured, front row, from left: Christopher Roe, CUNA Mutual senior vice president and Credit Union Miracle Day board member; Keri Brunelle and Elisabeth Thomsen, both of Children's Hospital; Judy Kline, Lifetime CU, West Allis; Chad Helminak, Wisconsin Credit Union League; and Katye Long, Credit Union National Association; Back row: Scott Roesch, Fond du Lac (Wis.) CU; Corey Gibson, Summit CU, Madison; and Sheila McNeal, CUNA Mutual. (Photo provided by CUNA Mutual Group).
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Run
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is sponsored by Credit Union Miracle Day, Inc., a charitable organization comprised of more than 100 credit unions and affiliated partners and whose mission is to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network and its affiliated hospitals across the country.
Since its beginnings in 2001, Credit Union Miracle Day has donated over $2.6 million to CMN hospitals.
For more information on how to get involved in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run (April 5 in Washington, D.C.) visit www.cherryblossom.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.