Children's Miracle Network

Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation is proud to be a member hospital of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

CMN is a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals worldwide. Countless individuals, organizations and media partners unite with our Children’s Miracle Network to help sick and injured children in our community. Donations to our local Children’s Miracle Network create miracles by funding vital programs, services, equipment and education that saves and improves the lives of more than 18,000 local children each year.

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2014 Miracle Children

Each year our Children’s Miracle Network selects miracle children to represent all the children cared for at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. The children and families are selected based on referrals from some of our Children’s Miracle Network funded programs throughout the hospital. While we believe every single child we care for is a miracle child, we select only a few for this yearly honor.

Eva Fuess - New Hartford, NY
Eva experienced your generosity first hand. Eva was born with Vesicoureteral Reflux, a condition that requires yearly monitoring at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and has led to two different surgeries. After her second surgery, Eva needed time to heal and spent five days receiving care in the Pediatric Department at FSLH. During her stay at FSLH, she interacted with the child life specialist who helped provide comfort, support and education to Eva and her family. Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMN) donations make it possible for FSLH to offer this special position of child life specialist.

Kamryn & Graham Harter - Whitesboro, NY
Kamryn and Graham personally benefited from your support. Kamryn and Graham were born 13 weeks premature. A transport isolette that serves as a neonatal intensive care unit on wheels provided a safe environment for the twins to receive care while traveling between FSLH and Syracuse. The children spent several weeks in the Level II Special Care Nursery in The Birthplace at FSLH where they were cared for by specially trained staff which allowed them to be close to home with their family and loved ones. The necessary equipment and excellent care they received were made possible through CMN donations.

Elise Merena - Ilion, NY
Elise is getting so big thanks to your kindness. Elise became one of our tiny miracles when she was born unexpectedly at 32 weeks and weighed just 3.9 pounds. Elise spent the first 21 days of her life in the area's only Level II Special Care Nursery in The Birthplace at FSLH. She was cared for by neonatologists — physicians trained to provide specialized care to sick or premature babies — who are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week at FSLH. Donations to CMN make it possible to have neonatologists on staff; allowing Elise to receive the special care she needed, close to home and her family.

Austynn Willson - Utica, NY
Austynn is a vibrant and active 4-year-old thanks to you. When Austynn was 6 months old, her parents noticed that she was not able to move her right side, making it impossible for her to learn how to sit or crawl. She was later diagnosed with hemiparaplegia cerebral palsy, a condition that impairs the physical and motor development on one side. Thanks to funding from the CMN at FSLH, Austynn continues to show great progress as she receives services through the Occupational Therapy Department at FSLH.

Get Involved

You can make a difference for local children. The success of our local Children’s Miracle Network is made possible by the many special events and grassroots fundraisers held year-round by local businesses, organizations, families and individuals. To learn more about how you or your business/group can make miracles happen for local kids contact Andrea MacDiarmid at (315) 624-5600.

Miracle Balloons

The staple fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network is the sale of Miracle Balloons. During a campaign, Miracle Balloons are placed at registers at participating retail establishments. Employees ask every customer to buy a Miracle Balloon for $1 or more, and all donations go Children's Miracle Network at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. Paper Miracle Balloons are a fun, simple way to raise funds while sending a message that you care about local children.

Miracle Balloon Fundraisers are also appropriate fundraising opportunities for local schools and/or groups that may be interested in raising funds either internally or through a special fundraising event.

The Miracle Balloon is the most recognizable fundraising icon in North America. More than 60 percent of people recognize the red and yellow paper balloon and nearly 40 percent have purchased one in recent years. Miracle Balloon sales have become the largest, most successful Children's Miracle Network program yet.

Contact Andrea MacDiarmid at (315) 624-5600 to learn how you can begin a Miracle Balloon Campaign for your business or group.

Change for Miracles (Round Up)

You can make cents add up. Change for Miracles is a retail fundraising program that encourages consumers to round up their final bill, donating the excess to the Children’s Miracle Network at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. It’s an ideal fundraising program for walk-in and online retailers, restaurants, commercial service providers or home service providers. Donations can be sent right to your Children’s Miracle Network at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. This campaign can help strengthen your organization’s image, builds community, and helps kids receive life-saving care.

Contact Andrea MacDiarmid to learn how you can begin a Change for Miracles Campaign at your business today.

Casual for Kids

Dressing casual can help local children. Show your support for children at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare by going Casual for Kids at your organization in return for a small donation from each employee to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. Contact Andrea MacDiarmid at (315) 624-5600 once you’ve selected your date to receive some Casual for Kids stickers.

Hold a Special Event

Would you like to host an event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation? If you are considering holding such an event, please contact Andrea MacDiarmid at (315) 624-5600.

Donate Toys

Play experiences can help children to cope and adjust to illness and hospitalization. You can help by donating new toys, games and other play-time supplies. When donating stuffed animals, only brand new toys in their original packaging are able to be accepted.

Make a Donation in Lieu of Favors

Support the Children’s Miracle Network at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation by making a donation in lieu of favors for your special occasions (weddings, baby showers, birthdays etc.).

Thank your guests with a unique alternative to traditional favors by making a donation to our Children’s Miracle Network. You can let guests know that you have chosen to support local children in the hospital on your special day.

Your Dollars at Work

When you donate to Children’s Miracle Network at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Foundation, you are making a difference to children in your neighborhood. It may be to the new baby across the street who spent time in our Level II Special Care Nursery, the child next door who breaks his leg, your co-worker’s child who just visited our emergency room or even your own child who maybe just needs a well visit.

Support Our Children's Miracle Network Hospital

Real miracles are happening every day here at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare because of your gifts to our Children’s Miracle Network. Here are some of the ways you are making a difference to local children.

Thanks to you we are able to:

  • Offer the area’s only Level II Special Care Nursery staffed 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week by neonatologists, physicians who provide special care to sick or premature babies.
  • Fund a community education program called Project Kids Care, a mobile pediatric training program designed to provide first responders (paramedics and EMT’s) with continued pediatric training throughout Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties.
  • Employ a full-time Child Life Specialist who provides a one-on-one relationship with each child and helps them work through their fears of hospitalization and helps make the child’s stay more comfortable.
  • Offer an OB Care Center for women with little or no insurance to ensure they have healthy pregnancies.
  • Care for all children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.