MIRACLE CHAMPION: Carson Bandy holds a gift of flowers after being named the Children’s Miracle Network Champion for Oklahoma. With her at the presentation at Miss Helen’s Private School are, from left, Cecilia Belew, executive director, The Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis; Martina Hum, M.D., pediatric oncologist, Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis; Diane Marshall, RN, Pediatric Oncology Clinic at Saint Francis; Shannon Bandy (Carson’s mother) and Jana Westlake, medical social worker, Pediatric Oncology Clinic at Saint Francis.
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Carson Bandy, a nine-year-old elementary school student at Miss Helen’s Private School in Tulsa, has been chosen as the Children’s Miracle Network Champion for Oklahoma. The announcement was made recently at the school.
Carson developed acute lyphoblastic leukemia about two years ago, and through faith, excellent medical treatment and encouragement from family, friends and schoolmates, she is in remission.
Miss Helen’s Executive Director Lynda Wingo says, “Carson is one the bravest young ladies I know.” Carson has an excellent attitude. When she went to the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, she said, “Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. You have to make it worthwhile while you are here. Her personal motto is “Never Give Up!”
Carson is being treated at the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, which provides comprehensive medical care of the highest quality through inpatient and outpatient services, a network of more than 60 pediatricians and 35 pediatric sub-specialists throughout northeastern Oklahoma and state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) was established nationally in 1983 to help children by actively supporting improved health care for millions of young people around the world. CMN’s mission is to generate funds and awareness programs for the benefit of children served by its associated hospitals, now numbering more than 170 nationwide.
Sainit Francis is the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Tulsa.
Children’s Miracle Network is a year-round fundraising and awareness campaign. The first weekend following Memorial Day, CMN sponsors an annual television special. Marquee entertainment, dramatic miracle stories and donor recognition highlights the fundraising year. CMN also sponsors 30-minute monthly specials and a daily 30-second spot campaign.
Children’s Miracle Network is a unique organization that is committed to putting children first in all that is done.