Delta welcomed Children’s Miracle Network to Orlando this week for their annual Momentum conference, where CMN partners, sponsors and families celebrate the children’s success and hospitals’ accomplishments in awareness and fundraising.The focus of the event were the 64 child ‘Champions,’ a group of children who each have a remarkable medical story and represent the 10 million children who benefit from CMN support each year.
Delta made each Champion’s flight to the conference extra special with announcements at their departure stations and a memorable welcome at MCO. The Orlando Airport Customer Service team and Peach Corps volunteers met the families upon arrival of their flights and walked them to the “Wall of Fame,” where each child had a Hollywood star to sign and leave an inspirational message in celebrity fashion, complete with a red carpet. They also stopped by a booth to take fun photos with costume props and got a personal tour of a Boeing 757.“It was an inspiring event to bring joy and happiness to so many families from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I can’t describe the plethora of emotions I felt seeing the smiles on their faces and feeling of joy in their heart,” said Tamekia Rhodes, TechOps. “Being a part of the Delta Peach Corps is amazing, and I can’t wait to continue helping more.”
Throughout the four-day conference, Delta helped promote and celebrate the Children’s Hospital Week, which highlights the importance of children’s hospitals and donating to get them the best care.
Delta hosted a crafts table on Tuesday where the children got to decorate wings, play with Delta-branded gliders and receive wings pins from flight attendants and a pilot. Greg Kennedy, Delta's Senior Vice President – Worldport Operations and CMNH Board of Governors, participated in the Pin Exchange event on Wednesday, where Champions collected pins from corporate sponsors, hospitals and fellow Champions. The special evening continued with the local team getting autographs from the 2016-17 champions.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time, through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Delta has sponsored Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1998 and supports local Children’s hospitals across our network providing funding, hosting golf tournaments and employee engagement opportunities. Our support of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals align with the people column in the 2017 Flight Plan and the improving global wellness pillar in Community Engagement.