Children's Miracle Network Hospitals


Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has been raising funds for hospitals across the United States and Canada — and our very own Maynard Children’s Hospital is one of them. All of the money raised through the local CMN Hospitals program stays right here in eastern North Carolina to support sick and injured children in our community.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals was founded with two simple goals. The first is to help as many children as possible by raising funds for children’s hospitals. The second is to keep those funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has grown dramatically since it’s founding in 1983. In just 34 years Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has evolved into the dominant organization actively providing better health care for all children. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has grown into a tremendous year-round effort involving thousands of organizations, businesses, and individuals raising funds through special events and promotions.

Locally, as a fundraising program of the Vidant Health Foundation, 100% of the money raised by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program stays right here in eastern North Carolina to support Maynard Children’s Hospital and the 29 counties it serves. Our children’s hospital treats children with all types of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, heart, muscular, birth defects, cerebral palsy, and traumatic injuries.

Click here to read our Fall 2019 Newsletter.

Click here to read our Spring 2019 Newsletter.

For questions please contact or 252-847-5437.

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Meet Our 2019 Miracle Children


Colt Cowell was almost 4 years old when he started stumbling and complaining of headaches. His doctor referred him to the Pediatric Medical Ambulatory Unit (PDAY) at the hospital to have an MRI done. It was discovered that Colt had a golf ball sized tumor on his brain that was herniating his brain stem and causing hydrocephalus. The next day he had a 10 hour brain surgery to remove the tumor, a medulloblastoma. He spent 13 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), 2 days in the Kids Immunosuppressed Specialty Unit (KISU) and 14 days in Pediatric Rehab where he learned to walk and talk again. He then started phase 1 of treatment with 30 cycles of radiation/chemo then phase 2 of 9 cycles of chemo. Colt finished his last treatment on October 17, 2017 and is doing great. He did suffer permanent hearing loss and has developed bilateral cataracts which will require further treatment. Today, he says he wants to be a doctor and help people when he grows up.

Mason Burnette was born very prematurely at 22 weeks and 5 days. He spent 131 days at James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital. In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) he was on a ventilator and had an intraventricular hemorrhage, which is a bleed in the brain. He battled a significant lung infection and had 2 pulmonary hemorrhages.  He was then sent to the Special Care Nursery and when he was released he did not require any oxygen and was taking all feedings by mouth. The fact that he is one of the youngest babies to survive at Maynard Children’s Hospital AND he required NO surgical interventions just shows what a true miracle Mason is! He does have mild Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and a small opening between two blood vessels leading from his heart (called Patent Ductus Arteriosus or PDA). Both of these should remedy themselves as he gets older and shouldn’t require surgery. He’s 8-months-old now and loves tummy time and being sung to.

Emirrah Rodgers has been living with sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder, her whole life. Recently, she was hospitalized and developed acute chest syndrome, which is one of the most severe complications of this disease. The very serious lung infection required her to be intubated while in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Emirrah is a miracle because shortly after being released home she was back to school! She is still closely monitored and receives transfusions as needed. At 13-years-old she loves Camp Hope, a CMN funded week-long camping experience for children with sickle cell disease, and thoroughly enjoys relationships she’s made with other kids.

Malachi Austin was born prematurely at just 23 weeks weighing only 1 lb 7 oz. During his 137 day stay at the hospital, Malachi had many diagnoses, which included a grade 4 Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH), hydrocephalus and the need for Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement, Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), MRSA infection, sepsis, and Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema (PIE). He spent 3 months in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and 2 months in our Special Care Nursery. Malachi had a very long and hard recovery including developing mild Cerebral Palsy and some eating difficulties but is now thriving as a silly 4-year-old. He enjoys playing outside, reading books, and loves everything and anything construction!

Kayleigh Rossie suffered from a bowel perforation and a severe abdominal infection shortly after birth. At just 4-days-old she had to have surgery for bowel resection where it was discovered that she had Cystic Fibrosis. During her recovery she stayed in our Neonatal Intensive Care unit for one month and then went to our Special Care Nursery. After being home for a month, she was readmitted with necrotizing enterocolitis and failure to thrive. She received a g-tube to help her gain weight and  spent another week in our general pediatric unit. She spent a total of 12 weeks in the hospital and received excellent care from our doctors, nurses and Child Life staff. Today, she loves to play in her princess carriage and dance!