Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Love's is a proud partner of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million patient visits each year for 10 million kids across North America. Each August and September, Love's Customers help raise funds for CMNH through in-store purchases of Miracle Balloons valued at $1, $5, or $20. Stores host fundraising events including bake sales, cook outs, golf tournaments and more. Since beginning its affiliation with CMNH in 1999, Love's and its Customers have raised more than $18 million to help sick and injured children in the communities where Love’s operates stores.

Learn more about the ways Love's works with CMNH.

Miracle Child: Samantha Lancaster

Samantha Lancaster is like many other 9-year-old girls. She enjoys dancing, drawing, reading and playing video games. Her favorite colors are pink and purple, and her favorite foods are steak and pizza. She dreams of someday attending the University of Oklahoma and becoming a neurosurgeon.

Unlike other fourth graders, Samantha was diagnosed in May 2013 with a congenital defect involving her brain and spine as well as a disorder that causes cysts to form within her spinal cord. She also experiences scoliosis. Since her diagnoses, she's undergone one surgery and received treatment at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH), near her home in Del City, Oklahoma.

Despite experiencing back pains, stomach migraines, numbness and dizziness and being unable to engage in many physical activities, Samantha doesn't let her circumstances keep her down. She participates in Girl Scouts, Awana, singing and drama. She also enjoys helping others and raising funds for CMNH. Samantha will work with Love's in 2016 as our Miracle Child. The Miracle Child program allows kids who brave the toughest battles at CMN Hospitals to act as ambassadors for CMNH and inspire others to help make miracles happen. Samantha couldn't be a more perfect fit for Love's.

"The best part of being a Miracle Child is getting the chance to tell my story to everyone," Samantha said. By sharing her story, she hopes to shine a light on her condition, bring attention to others fighting the same fight and help children just like her.