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University of Iowa News Release

April 26, 2005

Children's Miracle Network Announces Fundraising Milestone By Wal-Mart 

Officials with Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Children's Miracle Network announced today that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has reached an incredible milestone in the organization's history - donating and raising more than $300 million for Children's Miracle Network hospitals in 18 years. 

Donations made to Children's Miracle Network directly benefit 170 children's hospitals in North America including Children's Hospital of Iowa. Participation by Wal-Mart in Iowa, southern Minnesota, western Illinois and northeast Missouri this year has grown to 65 Wal-Mart stores, SAM'S CLUB locations, Neighborhood Markets and Distribution Centers, providing a very large support base for Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"Wal-Mart's associate-based fundraising is unprecedented," said Mick Shannon, co-founder of Children's Miracle Network. "In addition to contributions made through the Wal-Mart & SAM'S CLUB Foundation, associates nationwide band together every year to carry out grassroots fundraising efforts at their locations to help local children's hospitals - and they engage customers and the community to take part. It's a unique approach that works extremely well."

Through bake sales, softball and golf tournaments, Children's Miracle Network balloon sales and other activities, Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB efforts have helped fund equipment in the Pediatric Cardiology Catheterization Laboratory, facility upgrades and a new l6-bed "in hospital" hotel for families to use.

More than 130,000 patients receive specialized care at Children's Hospital of Iowa each year.

"As the region's only academic medical center, we treat the sickest of children," says Michael Artman, M.D., UI professor and head of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"Wal-Mart associates have a strong commitment to give back and help others," said Betsy Reithemeyer, vice president of Wal-Mart Corporate Affairs. "The dollars raised for Children's Miracle Network stay within the communities where funds are donated, which is in step with our philosophy of giving back locally. It is our customers and associates who help make miracles possible each year for the children at these hospitals."

"We are so fortunate to have the support of Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB," said Lisa Baum, CMN director. "The nurses, physicians, staff and the children at Children's Hospital of Iowa thank Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB associates and customers in our area for supporting the hospital and Children's Miracle Network and for making miracles a reality in our community."

Children's Miracle Network - the alliance of premier hospitals for children - is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. To learn more go to

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 130,000 children receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

For more information about Children's Miracle Network, please contact Lisa Baum at 319-335-8447.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

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