Donate to the Children’s Miracle Network

nicki-age8Every day, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms.

26 years ago, only days after a miserably sugar-filled Halloween, I was in an emergency room being treated for Type 1 Diabetes. At only 8 years old, it was scary and confusing (almost as scary as this photo of me circa 1990 – gah!), not knowing what life had in store for me, or what parts of it would be lacking because of this metabolic disease. It was 1989 and the injection needles were long, the rules were blurry and the technology wasn’t advanced by any means. But, it was something. And for that, I am grateful. So very grateful.

Today, youth across the globe are still suffering from (what my kids call) a “broken pancreas.” In other words, Type 1 Diabetes. But, it’s amazing how it’s all evolved since 1989! With the help of pumps, injections, amazingly-accurate blood glucose monitors, and diet and exercise plans, kids today are able to live a next-to-normal life…having kids of their own and living to see grandkids and even great grandkids. And, you guys, we are so close to a cure. But until that day, there is exceptional care.


Thanks to the generous Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals, more than 900 kids a day get phenomenal care to help manage their Type 1 Diabetes.

payton-age11One of those kids is Payton (much, MUCH cuter than my 1990 photo above, wouldn’t you say?). He too was 8 years old when diagnosed, but his emergency room visit was much more intense than mine.

Sudden weight loss was the first clue something wasn’t right with Payton. He was sent immediately to the pediatric intensive care unit and treated for a diabetic coma. Doctors prepared his family for the worst, saying he may not survive the night and would likely have brain damage if he did.

Caregivers at his Children’s Hospitall of Illinois were able to slowly bring down Payton’s sugar levels and eventually balanced out his pH. Miraculously, he gained strength to talk and had no signs of brain or organ damage.

There is no cure for those living with this high maintenance disease, which requires constant finger pricking and insulin injecting for the rest of his life. I respect this kid so much because he absolutely does not feel sorry for himself. Just like me, Payton is grateful that, with proper management, he can do anything anyone else can do.

To show support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the one in 10 kids in North America who are treated by them each year, Walmart and Pampers have teamed up to donate $200,000 in the month of June. Additionally, by purchasing Pampers products at your local Walmart, portions of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation. Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year.

I have been compensated for this post however all thoughts and opinions are my own. All statistics and the Walmart gift card have been provided by P&G.

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  • Ashley C
    07/05/2015 at 8:40 am

    I’d put it towards groceries and stuff for my baby


  • Amy
    07/05/2015 at 8:56 am

    Id buy laundry detergent. I usually dt a really cheap kind as its expensive but I’d spurge on a good kind if I won 🙂

  • Rachel
    07/05/2015 at 11:19 am

    My friend is having a baby so I would give it to her!!

  • Cheryl Larimer
    07/05/2015 at 1:50 pm

    I would also get Pampers Newborn Swaddlers. My granddaughter should arrive around December 20th and I will need a supply at my house when I babysit; which will probably be often.

  • Neil
    07/05/2015 at 3:57 pm

    That new water balloon thing that blows up 100 with in seconds!

  • HS
    07/05/2015 at 5:19 pm

    I would get wipes and diapers.

  • Mami2jcn
    07/05/2015 at 6:37 pm

    I would buy diapers for my new baby.

  • Stephanie
    07/05/2015 at 6:43 pm

    Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals are amazing! I am so thankful for the amazing advances that have been made in the fight to end juvenile diabetes!

    We are out of diapers but we’d use the gift card to buy Pampers Swaddlers for the niece we have arriving at the end of the month!

  • Michelle
    07/05/2015 at 8:15 pm

    Groceries! Boring, but true.

  • Susan Christy
    07/05/2015 at 9:22 pm

    I would buy curtains for my kitchen

  • Dericka Mccaleb
    07/05/2015 at 9:31 pm

    I’d buy snacks, a cute sundress for my daughter and extra bodywash… we seem to need more food, clothes, and bath during the summer months 😉

  • Annette
    07/05/2015 at 11:06 pm

    I’d restock my dwindling supply of Dawn – I never like to run out.

  • Linda j
    07/06/2015 at 7:45 am

    I would buy diapers! I have two young grandsons in diapers, and try to help out my son and daughter-in-law whenever I can.

  • rachel
    07/06/2015 at 8:37 am

    Diapers and wipes! I have a one-year-old and a baby on the way as well!

  • rachel cartucci
    07/06/2015 at 9:57 am

    I would buy baby items if I won. I am preparing for when my new little fella is born. Thank you.

  • Lisa Brown
    07/06/2015 at 10:01 am

    I would use the card for groceries, thank you for the chance 🙂
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  • Kelly D
    07/06/2015 at 6:37 pm

    I would buy school supplies for my kids.

  • Amy R
    07/06/2015 at 9:29 pm

    Camping supplies. We are going camping for the first time and need a bunch of stuff!

  • Kristen
    07/07/2015 at 2:43 am

    I’d buy shampoo and moisturizer.

  • jENNAI
    07/07/2015 at 4:43 am

    I would buy school supplies! It’s fast approaching that time!

  • Neda
    07/07/2015 at 1:56 pm

    School supplies for sure

  • Rhonda Grisham
    07/07/2015 at 5:12 pm

    I would buy diapers and wipes for my youngest granddaughter.

  • Tabathia B
    07/07/2015 at 5:14 pm

    I would purchase papertowels,bathroom tissue and spoons and forks

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Katy
    07/07/2015 at 5:33 pm

    I would use it for groceries 🙂

  • DanIelle
    07/07/2015 at 7:14 pm

    I’d buy new undies for my currently potty training little girl! You can my have enough pairs of those!!

  • Jessica mcfarlin
    07/08/2015 at 2:30 pm

    I would buy sandbox toys for my little guy!

  • MaryAnn
    07/08/2015 at 10:38 pm

    I would buy snacks to take on our vacation.

  • Elicia
    07/08/2015 at 11:24 pm

    I’d get to a Walmart Supercenter to stock up on summer snacks for my 3 littles!

  • Ashley
    07/09/2015 at 7:00 am

    I would buy groceries

  • deborah
    07/09/2015 at 7:01 am

    I would buy groceries and snacks

  • Teresa
    07/09/2015 at 9:16 am

    I would buy pampers!

  • Anna
    07/09/2015 at 10:53 am

    I would also buy some diapers or newborn essentials for Baby on the Way.

    Let’s work toward a cure for Type 1 Diabetes!

  • Melissa M
    07/09/2015 at 12:38 pm

    I would get a new outfit.

  • Elisabeth
    07/09/2015 at 3:10 pm

    I’m pregnant with our first so I’d get as many diapers as I can with $25! 😉

  • Leidy Ruiz
    07/10/2015 at 12:59 pm

    I’d get clothes for my little one and a pack or two of wipes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jennifer h.
    07/11/2015 at 6:35 am

    I would buy some new toys for summer.