A few months ago we had the pleasure of introducing you to Jacob Mockbee, our Children's Miracle Network Champion.
Jacob has been chosen to represent the state of Arizona for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program in 2011. Yesterday there was a special farewell event at the Swan & Sunrise Ace Hardware to launch Jacob and his family on their adventure.
Jacob, who is 13, has been treated at TMC for multiple medical issues related to his spina bifida, with more than 50 surgeries performed since early childhood. He has been selected for the Children's Miracle Network program because of his courage in battling his health challenges.
The Champions program brings together children from across the United States that have tackled severe medical challenges. These patients represent the 17 million children that are treated at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every year. Through the Champions program, they will support fundraising campaigns for hospitals like TMC throughout the year.
The Mockbee family will join the other participating families on a special visit to Walt Disney World to join the annual CMN Celebration event in Orlando, Fla. The celebration unites hospitals, sponsors and celebrities to celebrate achievements, share best practices and honor the children who benefit from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraising efforts.
Then, the Champions, including Jacob, will travel to Washington D.C., to visit The White House and Capitol Hill, where they meet with Arizona representatives to share their stories. The young patients will use the high-level contacts at the nation’s capital to inspire others to support children’s hospitals.
Bon Voyage Jacob. Have a fabulous time.