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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to honor Pitt County natives Caleb Woodley and Amelia Evans at the 33rd annual Celebration Broadcast on June 1st & 3rd

May 30, 2018

GREENVILLE, N.C. – May 30, 2018 – As this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Poster Teen, 17-year-old Caleb Woodley looks like any other high school junior. However, that wasn’t the case in early 2017 when he spent nine weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center (VMC). 

This year’s Celebration Broadcast will be held on June 1 and 3 and will recognize the brave children and families who endured serious illness with heart and courage. The broadcast is aired by longtime partner, WITN and will celebrate these courageous kids and the thousands of children in eastern North Carolina who’ve received treatment at Maynard Children’s Hospital.

“Caring individuals, community groups, businesses and others show how much they care about children by providing generous contributions to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In eastern North Carolina, this generosity enables the Maynard Children’s Hospital, located in Greenville and serving 29 counties, to see beyond obvious treatment and save more lives,” said Myra Bowen, chair, Vidant Health Foundation Board of Trustees. “The care and high-quality treatment received here will continue into the future through this year’s amazing donors.”

Caleb, who lives in Winterville, had his first seizure on Dec. 30, 2016 and was ultimately diagnosed with viral encephalitis. During his time in the PICU, he was on a ventilator and in a medically-induced coma for five weeks. When he was finally able to come off of the ventilator and out of a coma, Caleb had lost a significant amount of weight and had to learn to walk again. With anti-seizure medication and lots of hard work in the pediatric rehabilitation unit at VMC, Caleb was able to walk back onto the football field as back-up quarterback at South Central High School in the fall of 2017. 

“They do a lot of good work at the children’s hospital. We saw a lot of people come and go during our time there. You really grow to appreciate them,” said Stewart Woodley, Caleb’s father. “Every parent thinks that will never be your kid. Well guess what…it can be your kid. We are fortunate to have a facility like this so close to home.” 

Caleb is now a junior in high school and says that the entire experience changed him. His motivation to get better and his passion for football make him a role model and inspiration for his fellow teammates. 

In addition to Caleb, the other 2018 Miracle Child from Pitt County is Amelia Evans. In 2013, when Amelia was nine months old, she went to the doctor for a routine visit where her parents mentioned that a small rash that had developed. What they thought was eczema or dry skin turned out to be something much worse – acute megakaryoblastic leukemia, a sub type of acute myeloid leukemia. She went home after spending 146 days in Maynard Children’s Hospital. Today, she’s an easy going 4-year-old who loves the Troll soundtrack, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and her big sister Taylor.

This year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are celebrating recoveries like Caleb’s and Amelia’s made possible by the life-saving care generous donations help to provide. Thanks to the generosity of eastern North Carolina, thousands of children receive the specialized medical care they needed, bringing them, and their families, the gift of hope and healing. Because of this support, the team at VMC can ensure they have the best care possible.

The 2018 Miracle Children’s stories highlight just a few examples of the amazing care offered every day at Maynard Children’s Hospital. Joining Caleb and Amelia as 2018 Miracle Children are: Josiah Corey, 3, Beaufort County; Waylon Denny, 1, Edgecombe County; and Camron Yopp, 15, Onslow County.

The local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program is staffed and supported by the Vidant Health Foundation, the non-profit charitable corporation that serves as the custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. The Vidant Health Foundation oversees allocation of all donated funds. 

Media contact:  Beth Anne Atkins, Vidant Health Foundation, 252-847-7695 or beth.atkins@vidanthealth.com
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33nd ANNUAL CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK
CELEBRATION BROADCAST
Televised on WITN
8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. – June 1
7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. – June 3

Call 252-847-5437 or 1-800-673-5437 or visit vidanthealth.com/cmn to donate online. 

 

About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 12,500 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.  

About Vidant Health Foundation
The Vidant Health Foundation is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt, and charitable organization that serves as custodian for all financial gifts and bequests to Vidant Health. It is the mission of the foundation to support the Vidant Health mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Caroling through advocacy and securing philanthropic resources. 

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