Fletcher Allen, Local Walmart Recognize 2009 Children's Miracle Network Champion

F O R   R E L E A S E:  Immediate (February 18, 2009)

C O N T A C T:   
Kim O’Leary
Marketing and Communications
What:  2009 Children’s Miracle Network “Meet the Champions” Event
Who:  Fourteen year old Courtney Billings of Colchester, and her family
When:  Saturday, February 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:  Walmart, 863 Harvest Lane, Williston

BURLINGTON VT – Fourteen year old Courtney Billings of Colchester, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 9 months, will be recognized as Vermont’s 2009 Children’s Miracle Network Champion at the Walmart store in Williston on Saturday, February 21.

Courtney, a patient at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen, will serve as an ambassador for patients of the hospital at events throughout Vermont, northern New York, and New Hampshire this year as part of the Champions Across America program, sponsored by Walmart and Sam’s Club. 

In March, she will travel with her family to Disney World in Orlando, Florida for a Champion Celebration, where she will join with 52 of her peers nationwide, before traveling with the group to Washington, D.C.  

Other celebratory activities occurring at Walmart on Saturday include Cub Scouts offering “valet shopping” experiences, Ehler’s RV Coach for Kids, and entertainment provided by 98.9 WOKO, all part of a fundraising effort called “Big Change Roundup” to benefit the Vermont Children’s Hospital.  Vermont Children’s is the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital beneficiary in Vermont.