Behind every CMN Hospitals supporter you’ll likely find a moving story
Another fantastic RE/MAX Month of Miracles has just wrapped up, but the giving to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will continue in full force beyond August.
For some RE/MAX Affiliates, supporting CMN Hospitals is a calling. Here are a few of their stories.
Cliff King, RE/MAX Executives Realty, Winnipeg, Manitoba
When Cliff King joined RE/MAX in 2003, he immediately jumped on board the company’s efforts on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network in Canada. Little did King know that just months later, those Miracle Homes he was selling would be helping to support the medical needs of his own child.
King’s 16-year-old daughter Kelsey was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She spent many weeks in the children’s wing of Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg and the British Columbia Children’s Hospital, where caregivers soon became like a second family to the Kings. For the next two and a half years, Kelsey underwent chemotherapy, radiation, blood transfusions and surgeries in an effort to defeat the cancer and prolong her life. She succumbed to the disease just one day before her 19th birthday.
Since his daughter passed away, King has committed to volunteering at the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon every year, raising funds for Health Sciences Centre’s children’s wing in honor of Kelsey. In the past few years he’s also been joined by his son Scott, also a RE/MAX agent. For the Kings, supporting CMN Hospitals has become a family affair.
Nancy Allen, RE/MAX Affiliates Realty, Ottawa, Ontario
After she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Nancy Allen’s two-and-a-half-year-old niece Kelsey spent much of her childhood at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Allen remembers the toddler sitting at the nurses’ station right in the thick of things, the nurses patiently letting her play with the phone and paperwork. The caregivers and Kelsey developed a particularly strong bond, which moved Allen profoundly and inspired her to work on behalf of CMN Hospitals.
Today Kelsey is 23, courageous and confident, which are attributes Allen credits in large part to the staff and friends at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
While Allen does her part to support CMN hospitals, Kelsey also volunteers often, helping young patients cope with their illnesses. Both women participate in many fundraisers throughout the year and make a point of getting a Blizzard on Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day, when participating restaurants donate $1 to CMN Hospitals for every Blizzard Treat sold.
Rob Hall, RE/MAX Preferred Realty, Greenville, N.C.
Rob Hall gives his all – including the hair on his head – to help sick kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Last year, Hall came up with “Locks to the MAX” as a way of stepping up his support for CMN Hospitals. For a year he grew out his hair, gaining support and donations along the way. Then he cut it all off, donated it to Locks of Love and also raised more than $1,600 for CMN Hospitals.
Hall has become such a fan of the work being done for children at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that he trained as a volunteer for the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. You can see him there frequently, guitar in hand, singing to patients and their families.
And this year on Miracle Treat Day, Hall even tried his hand at serving Blizzards to encourage Dairy Queen patrons to take part in the fundraiser.
Robert Struck, Broker Associate, RE/MAX Results, Bay City, Mich.
Robert Struck has first-hand experience with the extraordinary care offered by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. His son Isaiah suffered severe second- and third-degree burns on much of his body following a bonfire accident.
Isaiah was rushed to Hurley Children’s Hospital, the closest Children’s Miracle Network Hospital with a Level 1 Trauma Burn unit. For two weeks, he endured treatments so painful, hospital staff nominated him for the Battle of the Brave contest on Facebook, sponsored by Speedway convenience stores. So many people “liked” Isaiah’s story, the boy won the contest and a $20,000 donation for Hurley Children’s Hospital from Speedway.
Struck is deeply grateful for the medical care, expertise and hope Isaiah and his family received. He is now committed to helping CMN Hospitals, and he often shares his and Isaiah’s story to encourage other families.
See how other RE/MAX Associates celebrated Month of Miracles, browse their photos and join the conversation.
Your help is needed and very welcomed. Just ask Robert Struck, Rob Hall, Nancy Allen and Cliff King.