SALINAS, CA, December 13, 2013 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) has selected a vivacious 8 year old Salinas girl to be the CMN Miracle Child 2014. Molly Hall is a third grade student at University Park Elementary School in Salinas. The first thing people notice about Molly is her smile. The second thing they notice is that Molly has a hard time controlling her muscles, which makes walking and talking a challenge. Doctors diagnosed Molly with cerebral palsy when she was three years old.
“Molly has a larger than life personality and pulls you in with her smile,” says Molly’s father Don Hall. “She struggles to accomplish things many people take for granted and is a role model for anyone who meets her.”
Molly is one of those children who teach people life lessons without saying a word. Her determination, desire and absolute joy at tackling whatever is in front of her is an example of overcoming odds with a positive spirit. Cerebral palsy means everyday tasks require extraordinary effort. She has learned to help dress herself, ride a specialized bike and is performing at the top of her class in school. Now, Molly is taking on the role of Salinas Valley Memorial’s CMN Miracle Child 2014.
“Our family is so grateful for the care Molly has received at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and for the incredible support Children’s Miracle Network has given us,” says Molly’s mom, Shawn Hall. “We are honored Molly’s story will help raise awareness and money that will stay in our community to help other children.”
During her first five years Molly was a regular visitor to the SVMH emergency room and pediatrics floor. Her condition makes it hard for Molly’s body to respond naturally to medical issues. Even a common cold can become a serious respiratory infection because Molly has trouble coughing to clear her lungs. Molly was also rushed to Salinas Valley Memorial’s Emergency Room when she had a seizure at age three.
“Over the years, the staff at Salinas Valley Memorial has gotten to know Molly and we have all fallen in love with her,” says Melissa Gross, Children’s Miracle Network program coordinator for Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation. “She is so inspiring and I can’t wait for people to get to know Molly as we do.”
The Children’s Miracle Network Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital has raised over $11 million since being established at SVMHS 25 years ago. Funds raised are used to provide equipment and services that benefit young patients at SVMHS, as well as to support children’s healthcare needs throughout the tri-county area. CMN was even able to help “Santa” buy a special mobility tricycle for Molly which allows her to strengthen her leg muscles and join the rest of her family, including her brother and sister, on bike rides. Molly’s family says without the hospital and CMN, Molly would not be where she is today.
As the CMN Miracle Child 2014, Molly will represent the region to raise awareness about Children’s Miracle Network and it’s goals to improve the quality of care children receive right here at home. You can learn more and support Children’s Miracle Network at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital by going to www.svmh.com/CMN
About Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital is a Public District Hospital that is part of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. The Healthcare System is an integrated network of health care programs, services and facilities. At the core of the system is a 269-bed acute care hospital with several distinct specializations and programs, including the Regional Heart Program, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NI), Joint Replacement Center, and the Regional Spine Center. Salinas Valley Memorial employs more than 1600 people and the Medical Staff includes 230 board-certified physicians across a range of specialties. About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.