Great Charities : Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

In 1983, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals was founded by Marie Osmond, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake.  They held a telethon from the Osmond Studios in Utah, raising $4.8 million for 22 children’s hospitals.


Since that time, they have raised over $5 Billion for 170 children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada.   There are 62 children every minute being admitted to a CMN Hospital.

Some of their milestones :

  • 1984 Dairy Queen becomes an official corporate partner. In more recent years, Miracle Treat Day has become a favorite tradition for CMN Hospitals supporters.
  • 1987 The start of more than half a billion miracles: Walmart and Sam’s Club begin fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, resulting in $650 million+ raised to-date at more than 5,000 stores and warehouse clubs across North America. That equates to roughly 670,000 new pediatric wheelchairs, or 54 30-suite NICU wings!
  • 1991 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals surpasses $100 million in total donations and takes on a new partner, Ace Hardware. To date, they have raised nearly $50 million thanks to the Ace Hardware Foundation and its commitment to giving back to the communities they serve.
  • 2006 Dr. Paul A. Offit at our network’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia develops the first vaccine against rotavirus, which saves 600,000 lives annually.
  • 2007 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals becomes the official national platform of the Miss America Organization. The partnership extends to women competing at all pageant levels, asking each contestant to raise funds for their hospital and the Miss America Scholarship Fund. The result is more than $8 million to-date, with the reigning Miss America serving as CMN Hospitals’ Goodwill Ambassador all along the way.
  • 2013 Doctors and researchers at member hospital, Batson Children’s Hospital, make international headlines when a baby is cured of an H.I.V. infection for the first time. Research for advancements in medicine is one of several important uses of CMN Hospitals funds.

For more information on the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, to donate, or to find a CMN Hospital in your area, please visit their website at