Editor Note: Announcement will be made at SVMHS Board of Directors Meeting at 4pm. Interviews with Hall Family available at meeting or by arrangement. Photos and video available after meeting.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Karina Rusk 831-759-1843
SALINAS, CA, January 23, 2014 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is honored to announce 8-year-old Molly Hall will represent the state of California as the 2014 California Champion for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Molly has cerebral palsy and has been a frequent patient at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH), including one emergency room visit in 2010 credited with saving Molly’s life.
The CMN committee chose Molly to serve as California Champion for facing her unique medical challenges with courage and for her ability to help educate others about the positive impact of CMN at hospitals like Salinas Valley Memorial. CMN is a national charity dedicated to helping 170 hospitals in the United States and Canada better serve the medical needs of children.
“We are so excited for Molly and so excited to be able to help campaign for a cause we know touches lives,” says Don Hall, Molly’s father. “Molly already inspires her classmates and it feels good to be able to give back to a hospital and an organization that have given us so much.”
Since partnering with CMN in 1989, SVMH Foundation has donated more than 11 million dollars to children’s medical services throughout the Central Coast. More than 17 million children are helped each year by CMN member hospitals. Much of the money raised in support of equipment and programs serving children is donated one dollar at a time during the popular CMN balloon campaign.
The announcement of Molly’s selection as the 2014 California Champion came at tonight’s SVMHS Board of Director’s meeting. Molly and her family, including 10-year-old brother Garrett and 5-year-old sister Leah, watched as CMN program coordinator Melissa Gross unveiled a poster with Molly’s picture on it and handed the new California Champion a bouquet of balloons.
This fall, Molly will join CMN Champions from each state for an official ambassador trip to Washington, D.C. and the White House. The CMN state Champions will also gather in Orlando, Florida for the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals "Celebration" event.