PHOENIX-The following is a sampling of how credit unions around the country raise funds for Children's Miracle Network:
Atlanta (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta): Funds raised by Atlanta-area CUs directly benefit Rehabilitation Services at the hospital, including the Prosthetic Fabrication lab and the Limb Deficiency Program, which makes custom-made artificial limbs for children. The prosthetics are designed to parents' and children's preferences, including natural hands with nails that can be polished or legs decorated with popular Disney characters.
The Robotics Center also has benefitted from CUs' generosity, and research there has demonstrated that repetitive walking patterns help brain and spinal cord re-route signals that have been interrupted due to injury or illness.
Los Angeles (Children's Hospital Los Angeles): Since 1996, funds from credit unions in the LA region have gone to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Children's Fund, where they are directed toward the greatest need, allowing the hospital to be flexible with its allocation. In July 2011, the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion was opened, thanks in part to monies from the Children's Fund. The Pavilion increased the number of children served at the hospital by 20%.
Austin, Texas (Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas): A 470,000-square-foot center opened in July 2007 thanks to the Austin Chapter of CUs, which was a lead donor on the project. The 169-bed hospital serves children from 46 different counties and is three times larger than the facility it replaced.
Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (All Children's Hospital): A $1.5-million gift from 14 CUs in the area helped fund the creation of the New Autism Center here, which will be housed in a soon-to-be-renovated office building on the hospital campus. Additionally, when the Republican National Convention is held in Tampa later in the coming weeks, a special therapy playground will be dedicated at the hospital, which was established in part thanks to credit unions.