Walmart celebrates a birthday, UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients share in the gifts

Sam Walton opened the first Walmart on July 2, 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. His goal? Great value and great customer service. But “Mr. Sam” also believed in leadership through service. That is still true today as Walmart and Sam’s Club give back … even on their birthday.

The annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Campaign is underway and funds raised support kids at CMN Hospitals across the United States and Canada. This includes patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital like Madelyn from Chico, Calif. She has been given the gift of a chance at a “Happily Ever After,” thanks to the generosity of partners like Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Pediatric cancer patient Madelyn and UC Davis Health facility dog, Huggie.

Pediatric cancer patient Madelyn and UC Davis Health facility dog, Huggie, share a moment during her chemotherapy treatments.

Diagnosed in utero, Madelyn O’Brien was born with a tumor on her spine. She was just four days old when she had the first of several surgeries at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Then came the chemotherapy. This little princess fought through four rounds, losing her hair in the process.

Through it all, Madelyn not only kept a brave face, but smiled through the adversity. There was rarely a time she wasn’t flashing her signature toothy grin. Mom, Vanessa, credits many of those smiles to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“We absolutely loved the care Madelyn received,” says Vanessa. “We are especially fond of her nurses, the music therapy program and of course, Huggie.”

Madelyn outside UC Davis Children's Hospital among orange flowers.

Madelyn visits UC Davis Children’s Hospital for a follow up appointment.

UC Davis Health facility dog, Huggie, provides support for both kids like Madelyn and their families. Research proves those who receive regular visits from a dog experience a decrease in stress and anxiety during treatment. This program is supported by CMN donations and Canine Companions for Independence provided UC Davis Children’s Hospital with the dog free of charge.

As her hair grows back in, Madelyn remains undaunted. She, her parents and big brother look to the future with hope and more candles on her cake.

Want to be part of the celebration? Walmart and Sam’s Club customers can donate through July 7 either at the register, at the self-checkout kiosks or online.

By | 2019-09-23T22:11:31+00:00 July 2, 2019|Campaign|