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Celebrates Important Milestone
We’re celebrating three great events in 2012 to support Children’s Hospital Foundation. Dust off your dancing shoes and save those quarters as we gear up to make 2012 an unforgettable year.
children’s hospital foundation BOARD PRESIDENT Brent Hensley
MIRACLE MILE OF QUARTERS The Children’s Atrium June 3, 2012 – Noon to 5:00 p.m.
The 3rd Annual Mile of Quarters event is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2012 alongside the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telecast with KOCO Eyewitness News 5. We are excited for Oklahoma Kiwanis Clubs to join together in this effort to make miracles happen for Oklahoma’s children. Stop by any local freestanding Arvest Bank during the month of April or May or to the Children’s Hospital Foundation office and drop off your donation. You may also bring your quarters to the Children’s Atrium on June 3.
DANCING FOR A MIRACLE
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum August 11, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
The excitement is mounting as Children’s Hospital Foundation prepares for its 5th anniversary celebration of Dancing for a Miracle. KOCO TV-5 anchor, Anita Blanton, will partner with Fox 25 Meteorologist Jeff George, to emcee the event. The evening will be hosted by Taylor Treat-Burget, Miss Oklahoma 2009. The event will also feature Miss America 2007 and KWTV news anchor, Lauren Nelson-Faram, along with show producers Lee and Marcy Harpe of Harpe’s Dance, Inc. Some of Oklahoma’s finest celebrity men and women, from sports to medicine, and business to entertainment, will take to the stage as they dance to raise funds to provide the best medical care possible for Oklahoma’s children. For sponsorship opportunities and reservations, call (405) 271-8430.
CHILDREN’S STARLIGHT BALL Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club November 30, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
The Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club will transform into a dazzling paradise for the 2012 Children’s Starlight Ball, led by Event Chairs Kirsten and David Griffin along with Honorary Co-Chairmen, Jeanetta and Everett Dobson. Over 550 guests will experience the grandeur that takes them beyond the expected and into the extraordinary. Events such as the Children’s Starlight Ball play an important role because the health of Oklahoma’s children relies on the community’s generosity to support vital pediatric research, education and clinical care. For reservations and sponsorship opportunities, call (405) 271-6050.
Ashley Altshuler Gary Batton Judy Blazek Kristen Bohanon Karen Browne Wayne Case Barbara Crandall, Ph.D. Jeanetta Dobson Jana Evans Christy Everest Mary FitzSimons Stephen M. Foskin Sarah Geiger Laurie Givens Kirsten Griffin John E. Grunow, M.D. Richard Lee Hauschild, Jr. Sue Homsey Whitney Hooten Dan Howard David Huffman Michael E. Joseph Chip Keating Tom Kelly Bill Lance Joe Lewallen Dave Maloney Desmond Mason Scott Meacham Paul Milburn Garrett F. (Bud) Miles Justin Naifeh Drew Neville Susan Porter William S. Price Leslie Rainbolt, M.D. Pat Schonwald Harrison Smith, Ph.D. Charles Spicer Terrence L. Stull, M.D. Vic Thate Debbie Trachtenberg Stanton Young
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Kathy McCracken
CMNH DIRECTOR Jan Dunham
ANNUAL FUND AND SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR Liz Young
“Donating Made Easy” Text CMN4Kids to 50555 to donate $5 to Children’s Hospital Foundation. Every dollar helps save a precious life!
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Jennifer Patterson
MIRACLES IN MOTION
800 Research Parkway, Ste. 150 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 888.229.KIDS 405.271.6050
Changing the Game in Medical Genetics Research RESEARCH OUTCOMES ARE SAVING OKLAHOMA’S CHILDREN AT THE VERY CORE- THE GENE
Within the center of Oklahoma City lies the gateway to health for Oklahoma’s children, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. At the heart of this comprehensive facility are thousands of little patients, each containing 24,000 genes which determine special traits exclusive to the child. According to Dr. John Mulvihill, CMRI Kimberly V. Talley Chair in Medical Genetics, these genes are the “biological basis of all life and basic science of all medicine.” Far too often, these genes are abnormal in some way, affecting our most vulnerable with illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, birth defects such as Down syndrome and many more rare diseases. In fact, almost every illness and disorder can be traced back to genetics. The very small cells that sustain our remarkable children’s lives also have the power to threaten them. However, medical genetics has gained momentum as a promising field of research as it involves our most fundamental core- the gene.
newborns get tested for 53 conditions, including a one-minute blood test that detects a condition which, if undetected in the newborn, could result in mental retardation or even sudden death. Genetic testing has evolved to where doctors are able to test a fetus for genetic disorders such as Down syndrome by retrieving cells from the womb. The second advancement identified by Dr. Mulvihill is improved gene therapy. “Geneticists have had a reputation as having an ability to diagnose, while lacking the ability to treat. Now the hope is that we have better drugs designed for exact gene sequences that cause disease,” said Dr. Mulvihill. “We have had recent discussions on how to sequence every child with cancer to see if there is a better drug that could address the genetic defect in that cancer, while still tailoring the drug to the person to minimize side effects.” Drugs of the past resulted in detrimental side effects which hardly solved the problem. Advanced genetic technologies are developing drugs that are designed to target specific disease-causing substances while leaving healthy cells alone. Although it is as complex as it sounds, gene therapy is acquiring its success stories. The genetics section, spearheaded by Dr. Mulvihill, has witnessed many firsts this year, such as receiving the first Fellow in medical genetics and re-accrediting a genetic counseling program. Genetic counselors are available to assess genetic tests and advise families of the inherited disease risk associated with their child. However, there are still gaps to be filled.
The new game changer in medical genetics is the Human Genome Project, a 13-year national effort which successfully sequenced our entire DNA. Dr. Mulvihill believes the first major outcome of this project is improved diagnostics, or testing for genes. “Fifteen years ago, our lab was doing simple chromosome pictures without much further information,” said Dr. Mulvihill. “Today, we have one test to analyze a million pieces of DNA representing 1,000 genes to identify whether or not there is an excess or loss of genetic material, which is solving 10% more of our unknown cases of birth defects or developmental delay.” Although DNA testing is still fairly limited among adults, it is becoming more extensive and elaborate for fetuses and newborns. When Dr. Mulvihill arrived in Oklahoma in 1998, a newborn screening consisted of four tests. Because of the community and state public health efforts,
“Our vision for the future of medical genetics is wide open. We have to do more than we have as far as sharing access to genetic services. Right now, we have some telemedicine clinics, but we want to serve all corners of Oklahoma better,” said Dr. Mulvihill. Due to the dedication of Dr. John Mulvihill and his exceptional team of specialists and researchers, we are closer to achieving feats once deemed impossible. This complex medical genetics world is actually a simple formula- more research leads to more cures for Oklahoma’s children.
Associate Spotlight Jennifer Lown OECU
Assistant VP Marketing & Business Developement
Credit Unions for Kids Turning donations into Miracles Who came up with the brilliant concept of creating a credit union anyway? In Germany during the mid- 1800’s, poverty rates were extreme. The mayor of Germany thought that if the people worked together to help each other, then everyone could benefit by saving more money, thus improving the well-being of their family. And so the first credit union was born. What began as a very simple idea has exploded into a committed and passionate collaboration of credit unions, which make improving children’s lives part of its mission. In honor of the $1 million pledge to Children’s Hospital Foundation to be completed over the next five years, the second floor, home to pediatric cardiology, in the OU Children’s Physicians Building, owned and operated by University Hospitals Authority and Trust, will permanently bear the Credit Unions for Kids name. The tangible recognition reminds patients and families of the devotion CU4Kids has made to ensure that every effort is constantly made to improve the caliber of care available for every child in Oklahoma. Credit unions throughout Oklahoma have been helping our kids since 1998 with their initial donation of $14,603. In 2011 alone, Oklahoma City area credit unions raised over $184,000 to ensure that Oklahoma’s children receive the most exceptional pediatric care without leaving the state. In addition, they have volunteered thousands of hours of their time to produce car shows, golf tournaments, garage sales, silent auctions, candy bar and calendar sales, to name a few, as well as participate on the annual KXY Loves Kids Radiothon and Telecast phone panels, all to benefit Oklahoma’s kids. CU4Kids has devoted themselves to the small, every-day miracles known as our children who affect the lives of all credit union members, neighbors, friends and families.
What do you love most about your position at Oklahoma Employees Credit Union? I’m currently the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Working with CU4Kids is the most rewarding part of my job. I want to let everyone in on a secret. Giving back and helping Oklahoma’s sick kids is actually selfish- it makes you personally feel so good to help! I don’t ever want to stop. Every moment I spend working with CU4Kids is time well spent. How long have you been involved with CU4Kids? Who initially inspired you to become involved? My President Mark Kelly encouraged me to join the committee and play an active role. I began working on the CU4Kids Committee in October of 2009. In what ways have you been involved with CU4Kids? What is your favorite? I am currently the Chair for the Oklahoma CU4Kids Committee and I serve on the national Young Leaders for Kids Board. My favorite CU4Kids moment was attending the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Celebration in 2010 and representing CU4Kids for the state of Oklahoma. It was amazing to see hundreds of people working together for the same cause. What has been the most inspirational moment during your involvement with CU4Kids? The opportunity to listen to Miracle Mom Lacey Payne tell her personal story of hope while knowing that all of the money we raise stays right here in Oklahoma to help children like her daughter Laynie. Why did you choose to support CU4Kids and CMN Hospitals verses other organizations? When Oklahoma credit unions join forces, we are unstoppable. This year alone we’ve contributed $184,000 to CMN Hospitals on behalf of CU4Kids for a total of over $1.9 million since 1997. Our pledge to raise $1 million over the next 5 years is something CU4Kids would not be able to accomplish without working together.
POMP & REWARDING CIRCUMSTANCES 2003 Champion Child to Celebrate Important Milestone A Must-Read for Every Parent For many young cancer patients, surviving is just the beginning. However, 2003 Champion Child Keeley Cornelson is thriving as she embarks on the next chapter of her life after her graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma in May 2012. Although she is best remembered as the sweet 11-year-old, braces-wearing, Stage IV liver cancer patient, she has matured into an adult who embraces a life beyond the seemingly normal. What are your current interests? I admit I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I have recently been bungee jumping and scuba diving, and have plans to go skydiving for graduation. But my true love is missions. My first mission trip was to Bogota, Colombia; then twice to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Upon visiting several orphanages in Haiti, my heart broke at the sight of the malnourishment. Since then, I’ve been working on a Christian based non-profit to provide adequate nutritional needs for the orphanages there. How were you initially told that you were diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of childhood liver cancer? I was told right after I turned 11. The tumor on my liver stuck out of my abdomen, leading to doctor visit after doctor visit. It was a whirlwind, really. I was immediately admitted to the hospital under the guidance of Dr. David W. Tuggle, CMRI Paula Milburn Miller Chair in Pediatric Surgery. How was your childhood altered by your diagnosis, surgeries and treatment? The cancer altered the majority of my childhood, as it lasted about seven years. My participation in school and sports was limited due to chemotherapy treatments, surgeries, and recovery. I was completely out of school my junior year and part of my senior year of high school due to receiving a liver transplant and all of the accompanying complications. What treatments and specialists are you involved with now and in the future? I’m actually at that awkward age in between having a pediatrician and a regular physician, but all of my old doctors including Dr. William Meyer, CMRI Ben Johnson Chair in Hematology and Oncology, and his team of specialists still checks in with me to make sure I’m doing well. I am completely done with treatments and in remission as of last April! Now, all I do is get blood work done every 3 months or so to make sure my liver is still functioning correctly. Currently, what is your greatest challenge? To be honest, college is not easy for me. I wasn’t in school for nearly my entire last two years of high school. Jumping into college right after the treatment, and not yet understanding the medication side effects very well, was a huge wake up call. I’ve worked hard to find ways to overcome my struggles with those side effects of memory loss, cloudy focus, hearing loss, and a compromised immune system. What are your goals for the future? My future goals include receiving a Master’s Degree and internship in Dietetics. As a Registered Dietitian, I hope to work clinically in pediatric oncology. I’ve always believed that God brought me through my experience with cancer to encourage and bring hope to others. In what ways do you believe you’re a miracle? I know I’m a miracle. I had stage IV liver cancer. The tumor took up over ¾ of my liver, and the cancer spread up around my heart and lungs. It was so rare that the treatment was very limited. After surgeries and developing an allergic reaction to the only chemotherapy treatment available, there was nothing left, no other options at the time. My parents and I did everything we could alternatively, but everyone expected me to die. At 16, I received more treatment and a liver transplant, followed with every complication in the book. I’ve had 20 surgeries and far too many chemotherapy treatments that any one person should ever have. Even as a 23-year-old, every day continues to be a miracle to me. How important is medical research to your life? So important! I can honestly say that I would not be here if it were not for medical research and the time and effort put in to raising the funds for it. I spent seven years of my life waiting, hoping and praying for a second chance. It is so imperative to me that the research continues so that we can find better treatments, so those who are in similar situations that I was in have a fighting chance, and they too can call themselves miracles. How have the challenges you’ve endured shaped you as an adult? They have taught me not to give up on the things I believe in, to live my life to the fullest, and that even in the darkest of times, to laugh.
Donor Profile Gary Batton Assistant Chief
With over 200,000 strong, Choctaw Nation is an essential part of Oklahoma as they continue to look past their own needs to benefit future generations. Representing both Choctaw Nation and Children’s Hospital Foundation is Assistant Chief Gary Batton. Assistant Chief Batton began service on the CHF Board of Directors in 2008 and his dedication to ensuring that the children of his tribe, and all of Oklahoma’s children, have healthy, productive lives is unwavering.
The six Thompson children with their families.
A Matter of the $500,000 Gift establishes pediatric cardiology endowed chair Often enough, it isn’t hard to identify what matters most to those who matter most to you. For the Thompson family, the desire to help anyone who needed it became part of the family culture very early, and matured into a lasting legacy to benefit Oklahoma’s children. After the passing of Dr. Webb M. Thompson, Jr. and Alma T. Thompson, their family chose Children’s Hospital Foundation as the recipient of a $500,000 gift. The late Dr. Thompson, pediatric cardiologist at OU Medical Center, and his wife Alma understood and implemented the importance of providing exceptional care to children in Oklahoma. As a result of their commitment to children, their gift will create the Dr. Webb M. and Mrs. Alma T. Thompson, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. This gift will ensure that Oklahoma’s children receive the highest level of cardiac care possible in their home state, while medical experts embark upon significant research and education programs that will help children everywhere.
“The best thing about both of my parents, and the legacy they passed on to their children, was their love, respect and care for people of all ages from all backgrounds,” said Anne Thompson Fontenot, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thompson. “They both possessed a desire to help anyone who needed it, and they taught all of their children to do the same.” The Thompsons placed the utmost importance on raising their six children to be successful, hardworking and strong while helping many other children evolve into productive, prosperous adults. To the Thompsons, every child is cherished. This gift was a way for the Thompsons to extend their reach and continue doing what Dr. Thompson intended from the beginning - saving sick children. Donations like the Thompson’s allow CHF to bring outstanding physicians in a multitude of pediatric specialties to Oklahoma to improve the caliber of care for every child. Life-saving work cannot continue without the support of planned giving and donors who have invested in the future of children’s health. Their impact will be felt for generations.
“The most rewarding moments during my involvement with CHF is the opportunity to visit children at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and witness the sparkle in their eye,” said Batton. Although he plays many roles to benefit the community, Assistant Chief Batton’s favorite role is serving as husband, father and grandfather to his wife, two children and two grandchildren in his hometown of Clayton, Oklahoma. “I am proud to live in Oklahoma because of the morals, the friendliness and the love shown to our fellow person,” said Batton. Through the leadership of Assistant Chief Batton and generosity of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the CMRI Choctaw Nation Research Chair for Pediatric Endocrinology was established to expand clinical and research capabilities in treating and preventing diabetes for children. Unfortunately, diabetes is one of the top three diseases that affect the Choctaw people. “My hope for the future of Oklahoma’s children is that we reduce the diseases affecting them, as well as continue to improve the nationally renowned Children’s Hospital and physicians who are able to treat such diseases,” said Batton. With the help of compassionate Oklahomans such as Assistant Chief Batton and the entire Choctaw Nation, CHF continues to make great strides to ensure that growing up in Oklahoma remains a gift.
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On Saturday, February 11, 2012, 370 Oklahomans had a boot stompin’ good time at the 2nd annual Roundup Shindig at Riverwind Showplace Theatre. The western-inspired event raised more than $130,000 to benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation. Led by Event Chair Vicki Tebow, this year marked an important return of the event as it tripled in donated auction items and increased funds. Roundup Shindig is truly a reflection of the devotion, talent and compassion of Oklahoma’s equine and agriculture industry.
Dr. James and Treva Royall
Dr. Terry Stull, Terry Allen Becky Galyean, Gil Galyean, Vicki Tebow Dr. Kenneth and Lucia Copeland
Chip and Brittney Keating Chuck Spicer, Liz Young, Dr. Cameron Mantor Ty England, Miracle Kid Mesa Jo Tina Cain, Josh Cain, Misty Parker, Zach Parker, Roy Blevins, Carrie Blevins
IHOP National Pancake Day â€“ $39,555 Sixteen local IHOP locations raised over $39,555 during their Pancake Day Campaign. On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, IHOP celebrated its seventh year of giving away a free short stack of pancakes to benefit Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospitals. Local pageant winners and Miracle Kids all helped IHOP make this day a big success.
Miracle Kid Jayse and Britan Mills
Miracle Kid Casey Hubbard
IHOP Team 1484
Betty Thompson and Miracle Kid Ethan Henry
IHOP Team 1490 with Katelyn Kirk
Miracle Kids Camp Thank you to Yellow Rose Dinner Theater in Moore, OK, Miss Oklahoma 2009 Taylor Treat-Burget, Actor Ryan Merriman, Miss Oklahoma 2011 Betty Thompson, and Miss Outstanding Teen Clytee Burchett for hosting a successful Christmas Miracle Kids Camp on December 5, 2011. Miracle families and children enjoyed holiday photos, dinner and a Christmas show. Funding to support Miracle Kids Camps is provided by Kids Club Donations, community fundraising efforts and a grant from the Fortress Foundation. To sponsor a Kids Camp, please call (405) 271-8430.
Santa, Betty Thompson, Taylor Treat-Burget, Head Elf
Jaiden, Oklahoma Champion Child Spencer
Ryan Merriman with Miracle Kids Darrius, Jalesa & Shaela Betty Thompson with Miracle Kids Emily, Sydney, Payton & Perry
Christmas Dinner On December 21 and 22, the savory smell of Christmas dinner filled The Children’s Atrium as Children’s Hospital Foundation board members and community friends hosted and served nearly 300 meals to families awaiting crucial medical miracles during this holiday season. Derek Matthesen played seasonal tunes on his French horn as guests enjoyed dinner. Volunteers also packaged meals to be delivered to families who were unable to leave their child’s room. To volunteer or to help with a Children’s Hospital dinner, please call (405) 271-2550. Carl Edwards, Steve Rassmussen, Ed Wells, Lucinda Huffman, David Huffman, Dr. Peggy Grunow, Dr. John Grunow
Children’s Hospital Foundation Volunteers
Children’s Hospital Foundation Volunteers serve Christmas Dinner
Express Christmas The Express Employment Professional angels delivered early holiday cheer to Miracle Teen, Angel, her little sister Cheyenne, and mother in The Children’s Atrium. They fulfilled the sisters’ Christmas wishes which included an abundance of warm clothes and several desired toys. In addition to providing a merry Christmas to Angel’s family, Express Employment Professionals participated in a holiday craft project for the children in the clinics. The world–renowned Express Clydesdales also made an appearance outside The Children’s Atrium. Express Volunteer, Jaguar the Clydesdale and Miracle Kids Express Volunteer with a Miracle Kid
Express Volunteers with Miracle Kids Miracle Teen Angel and family with Express Employment Professional Staff
Mathis Brothers Furniture / KOCO TV-5 Toy Drive The Children’s Hospital transformed into a toy land to bring early Christmas cheer to sick children. Due to another successful toy drive between Mathis Brothers Furniture and KOCO TV-5, baby dolls, stuffed animals and super heroes lined a whimsical Christmas tree in The Children’s Atrium. Whether children were discouraged that Santa wouldn’t find them during their stay in the hospital, or parents didn’t have a moment to shop in the midst of blood transfusions and doctor visits, the annual toy drive brought hope for everyone. To participate in our next Toy Drive event, please call (405) 271-2296. Wendell Edwards, Miracle Kid Riley
Rick Mitchell, Rachel Calderon, Wendell Edwards, Maggie Stokes Miracle Kid Mesa Jo
Maggie Stokes, Oklahoma Champion Child Spencer
OU Dance Marathon – $105,300 The University of Oklahoma had another record breaking year at their 16th annual Dance Marathon, raising over $105,300 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 1,650 students filled the Huston Huffman Physical Fitness Center on Saturday, March 3 to participate in a morale line dance, dodge ball matches, blackout rave, dress-up photo booth, basketball games, Zumba exercises and a children’s carnival for Miracle Kids and their siblings. Cheers of “For the Kids” rang throughout the building as students stayed on their feet for 12 hours in honor of all miracle children.
OU Dance Marathon Executive Committee
Jamie Harms, Linzy Hall, Corbin Carter Miracle Kid Brock with Dance Marathon Participants
OSU Dance Marathon – $37,500 Oklahoma State University set the bar high at their inaugural Dance Marathon benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. On Saturday, February 18, more than 470 students danced for ten straight hours, raising $37,500 for Oklahoma’s children. Dancers stayed energized with a choreographed morale dance, date auctions, themed hours, a dress-up photo booth, silent auction and interaction and activities with Miracle Kids. The highlight of the night was a special visit from OSU President Burns Hargis and his wife Ann. They inspired students to continue “dancing for kids who can’t.”
Oklahoma State University Dance Marathon
Students learning the Morale Dance
Tracy Moore, Miracle Child Emily, Miss OSU 2012 Aly Akers, & Cooper Bassett
Miracle Teen Addison, Jeremiah Lane, Ann Hargis, OSU President Burns Hargis & Camille Thompson
Youth Leadership Exchange The Youth Leadership Exchange is the high school-age programming arm of Leadership Oklahoma City, Inc. which includes students representing more than 20 high schools. On January 17, this group, ranging from sophomores to seniors, learned about the responsibilities of various health care professionals. Pictured: Dr. Mark Fergeson, Jennings Hammack, Austin Jorski & Kendall Morgan.
Legislative Luncheon On February 2, 2012, Children’s Hospital Foundation held their annual Legislative Luncheon in the Governor’s Large Conference Room at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The educational luncheon demonstrated what CHF is doing to raise the bar for the health of Oklahoma’s children. The luncheon included a special appearance by Governor Mary Fallin while Miracle Child Michela shared her inspirational story. Speakers included: Kathy McCracken, Executive Director of Children’s Hospital Foundation; Brent Hensley, Children’s Hospital Foundation Board President; Terrence Stull, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics; Dr. James Royall; Speaker Pro Temp Jeffery Hickman. Speaker Pro Temp Jeffery Hickman
Wings to Fly
Govenor Mary Fallin
Senator Rob Johnson, Miracle Kid Michela
The 2nd Annual Wings to Fly Run, sponsored by Heartland Outdoors, was held at Historic Fort Reno on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Thanks to the “Oh What a Ride” program with the OKC Landrunners, Miracle Teen Angel, a spina bifida survivor, was able to participate in her first 5K alongside volunteer runner, Kevin Lynes. Approximately 360 runners joined us for this fun event which featured a 15K, 5K and a Miracle Mile. Thank you to our secondary sponsors, OG&E and Burger King; as well as our additional sponsors: Diffee Ford, Bank of Union, Love’s Country Stores, Westlake Ace Hardware, Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority and FAA Credit Union. A special thank you to our hosts at Historic Fort Reno, the City of El Reno and USDA for their hard work to make this event a success. Members of Team Kannonball along with Miracle Child Kannon Miracle Teen Angel, Kevin Lynes, Kathy Moffitt, Jim Roblyer, Emily Sutton, Joleen Chaney Kelsey and Josh Jones with Miracle Kid Cooper Jason, Christina, Christine & William Jobson with Miracle Twins Ava & Addison Volunteers and runners of the Finish Line Sponsor – FAA Credit Union Amy Astle finishes dthe 5k for Team Hope in memory of Miracle Child Laynie
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Volume 15 Number 1 Spring 2012 Issue