A Gaston boy is this year’s South Carolina “Champion” ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Four-year-old Gabe Ward is one of 55 children selected nationwide to help raise awareness for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
Gabe is being treated at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital for multiple health issues including an undiagnosed lung lesion, ADHD and asthma. He was selected the state’s ambassador from pediatric patients at Palmetto Health and South Carolina’s three other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Gabe and his family will travel with fellow champions for two separate weeks to represent the 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals nationwide. Group members will travel in June to Washington, D.C., to visit The White House and Capitol Hill and share their stories. In November, they’ll travel to Orlando for the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration event at Walt Disney World.
“Gabe will represent Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital proudly and will stand for the more than 80,000 children treated there each year," said Mims Goza, director of Children’s Miracle Network at Palmetto Health Foundation.
The champions program is funded by Walmart and Sam’s Club and seeks to bring attention to the work being done nationally at children’s hospitals. Since the partnership began in 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates have contributed more than $500 million to children’s hospitals.
Children’s Miracle Network raises funds for the 170 affiliated children’s hospitals, including Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.
Goza said that Gabe, the son of Earnest and Carolyn Ward, will play a key role in helping tell the stories of the many children treated at the hospital each year.
"Gabe and his family are passionate about making sure people know about Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and how great of a resource it is in our community," she said.
To make a donation to Children’s Hospital, call (803) 434-7275 or visit palmettohealthfoundation.org.
Providence Hospital employees recently provided soles for residents in need around the world.
The employees donated 634 pairs of gently worn shoes to Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that provides free footwear to people in need.
“As a faith-based organization, Providence is committed to serving others, especially those less fortunate, with compassion and care,” said Pam Williams, the hospital’s assistant vice president of nursing. “What started as a charitable project for Nurses Week soon became a successful hospital-wide initiative.”
According to Soles4Souls, last year alone Americans threw away more than 300 million pairs of shoes — the same number of children around the world estimated to be without shoes.
Through collection drives, Soles4Souls provides shoe donations in 125 countries, including the United States. To learn more, visit www.giveshoes.org