Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, announced her platform for the year, reaffirming the pageant's lasting partnership with Children's Miracle Network. The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Last January, the scholarship program made its relationship with the organization official. Kirsten Haglund says, "The Miss America Organization has partnered with the Children's Miracle Network to bring awareness to the 17 million children with life threatening illness that are treated every year across America at Children's Hospitals. We all need to be in the business of changing lives and making miracles happen for children who face each day with hope. They are a gift to us and we need to be reminded that treating them should be our business." This partnership represents the first time in the 86-year history of the Miss America Organization that they have adopted such a program. Founded by the Osmond family & John Schneider in 1983, Children's Miracle Network is the alliance of premier children's hospitals. Every year, Children's Miracle Network hospitals treat 17 million children for every disease and injury imaginable. Children's Miracle Network hospitals impact the lives of more children than any other children's organization in the world. Children's hospitals provide state-of-the-art care, life-saving research and preventative education for children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is a Children's Miracle Network hospital dedicated to serving children in every community across the United States and Canada. These hospitals are committed to providing the best care for children when they need it. Children's Miracle Network has had an 18-year history working with the Miss America Organization, with this newest initiative signifying an on-going relationship between the two. Jim Hall, President and CEO of Children's Miracle Network, said, "We are so grateful for this unique fund raising opportunity that not only helps kids in children's hospitals, but also furthers the education of young women through the Miss America scholarship program." Children's Miracle Network...
* Provides $2.5 billion in charity (uncompensated) care each year
* Treats 98% of all children needing heart or lung transplants
* Treats 88% of all children with cancer
* Treats 76% of all children with cystic fibrosis
* Treats 90% of all children with sickle cell anemia
* Treats 72% of all children with pediatric AIDS
* Devotes 60% of their services to children under age six and 25% to newborns
* Trains 60% of pediatricians and 80% of all pediatric specialists
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