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Making Miracles Happen

April 5, 2012, 5:21 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Making Miracles Happen

From paying for medical and travel expenses for families with sick children to bringing the latest technology to local hospitals, the Children's Miracle Network helps make miracles happen.

Hundreds of local children with special medical needs have overcome more than most adults.  Their successes might not have been possible without the help of the Children's Miracle Network.  CMN not only helps young patients, it also supports their families and brings some of the best equipment in the region to local hospitals.

One of those tools is the O-Arm, which makes spinal surgeries safer and saves surgeons a lot of time.

"It's what I think is the most technology-advanced piece of equipment that we have in this world today; way better than an iPhone," Sanford Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Haft said.

Maci Van Riesen is just one of many children helped by CMN’s efforts. She was diagnosed with a very rare disorder as an infant.

"How it was explained to us is it was one of 50 cases possibly in the world," Maci’s dad, Grant Van Riesen said.

The condition is so rare that it required a medical procedure never performed before at Sanford Children's Hospital. Now, thanks to Botox, Maci is able to drink out of a bottle and be home with her family.

While all of the donations given to the Children’s Miracle Network stay local, the benefits reach far beyond Sioux Falls. Noah Hansen of Warner, South Dakota, is one of many children who don't need to travel as far for medical treatment thanks to CMN. That means Noah can stay in school and his parents don't need to take as much time off of work.

"To give that benefit to our patients is definitely worth it," Sanford Certified Nurse Practitioner Karen Hanisch said.

Those are just a few of the children whose lives have been touched by CMN. If you’d like to help make miracles happen for more children throughout the region, simply click on the link below.

Click to Make A Pledge to CMN.

Click to Purchase a Raffle Ticket for the CMN Chopper.


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