A few months ago, I had the privilege of attending a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ ceremony honoring children who have suffered illness or injury. During this exuberant celebration, children of all shapes, sizes, and abilities danced down the aisle with their favorite Disney characters to celebrate. Their smiles simply radiated joy. As I grinned and clapped along with them, though, I couldn’t help but think about the life and death struggles that many of these children have faced. With their bald heads from chemotherapy, their scars a reminder of past surgeries, or their IV medications disguised in a Mickey Mouse backpack, the battle was evident. And yet, they kept smiling.

It occurred to me that the happiness they shared with this room also came with a sense of gratitude. They have faced terrible circumstances- cancer, heart surgery, birth defects, critical injuries- yet their joy comes from the gratitude of having another chance at life.

I felt so honored to join in the celebration of these precious little lives, and it ignited in me a renewed sense of purpose. This is why we at Arnold Palmer Hospital do what we do- because of the hope that we have for every child to enjoy and celebrate the life they’ve been given.

We also share this passion with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN). Because of their dedication to raising funds to help hospitals like ours, it enables us to better provide for the medical needs of the little ones in our community. Money that is raised by CMN can help us purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment such as incubators for premature babies or critical care ambulances, conduct research to prevent and treat serious illnesses, or support the building and expansion of services that our hospital offers. We are proud to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to ensure that miracles happen every day for the children in Central Florida.

What can you do?

During this holiday season, you can help us give miracles to little ones in need.

On December 13-16, 2012, MIX 105.1 will host its inaugural MIX 105.1 Loves Our Kids Radiothon. The entire on-air staff from MIX 105.1 will work tirelessly for four days to raise funds and awareness for Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals- Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida, and Arnold Palmer Medical Center. All of the funds are raised one dollar at a time- by our local community and for our local community.During the four-day Radiothon, listeners will hear the stories of doctors, patients, parents, and families whose lives have been touched by Children’s Miracle Network through these two hospitals.

Listeners can tune into MIX 105.1 and call in their support:

  • Thursday, December 13th from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday December 14th from 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 15th from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 16th from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

*To make a donation call 1-855-844-1051 during the event or visit www.mix1051.com/kids

On behalf of our staff here at Arnold Palmer Hospital and the patients and families who receive life-changing medical care at our facilities, thank you in advance for your generous support.

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