CMN impacts lives of children in community

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - CMN impacts lives of children in community

JOPLIN, Mo.—Thanks to the generosity of the caring people of the Four States, Children’s Miracle Network raised $745,000 in fiscal year 2010 through various fundraising events and direct donations.

Children’s Miracle Network Supervisor Kathy Watson appreciates the continued support of the community especially in these difficult financial times. “It is amazing to see the generosity of so many individuals,” said Watson. “Without the help and support of local donors, we would not be able to make a difference in the lives of so many children.”

Children’s Miracle Network provides assistance to children from birth to 21 years of age in a 14-county area in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. All money raised stays local, helping children and their families. Children’s Miracle Network helps furnish and maintain the Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), provides funding for local community organization pediatric needs, and provides pediatric emergency equipment for area agencies.

In fiscal year 2010, April 2009 – March 2010, Children’s Miracle Network provided direct financial assistance to more than 500 families and granted charitable distributions to community organizations and agencies serving children.

Organizations and projects receiving support included:

  • Alliance of Southwest Missouri – 100 car seats
  • Camp Quality for kids with cancer – medical supplies
  • Children’s Haven – playground equipment
  • Crowder College Paramedic Program – infant CPR training equipment
  • Fredonia Regional Medical Center – safety equipment
  • Freeman Maternal/Child Services – birthing simulator
  • Freeman NICU – baby gifts for holidays
  • Freeman NICU Bereavement Program
  • Freeman NICU – infusion syringe pumps
  • Freeman NICU Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program
  • Freeman NICU – transport bears and sibling class bears
  • Galena Volunteer Fire Department – gas detector
  • Metro Emergency Transport System – infant and pediatric advanced life support manikins
  • Nevada Middle School – CPR training materials
  • Ozark Center for Autism – therapy equipment
  • Project Safe Crib/Car Seat – 251 cribs and 168 car seats distributed
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States – lodging for families
  • Safe Kids Newton/Jasper – bicycle helmets

About Freeman Health System

Not-for-profit, community-owned, and locally governed, Freeman Health System is a 404-bed, three-hospital system. Based in Joplin, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Missouri, Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. For more information, visit or

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