Akron Children's Hospital patient Named Ohio's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion

Brad Harris is the first patient from Akron Children’s to receive this honor


Bradford “Brad” Harris from Akron has been chosen to represent the state of Ohio for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program in 2011. Brad is the first patient from Akron Children’s Hospital to receive this distinction.

Brad Harris, 13, continues to receive treatment at Akron Children’s for ongoing effects related to rheumatic fever, which is caused by untreated or complicated cases of strep throat. Harris spent more than a month at the hospital in 2009 because of his illness, which resulted in him having surgery to replace an aortic valve in his heart.

Every pediatric hospital in the state has the opportunity to nominate a child for the Champions program. Brad was nominated by his caregivers at Akron Children’s Hospital and was then selected by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals officials.

“Brad exemplifies the word, ‘champion,’” said Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program manager at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Throughout his time at the hospital, his positive attitude and concern for others made a huge impression on the staff; we are so pleased that he was chosen to receive this honor.”

About the Champions Program
The Champions program brings together children from across the United States that have tackled severe medical challenges. They represent the 17 million children that are treated at 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals every year. In October, they will visit Washington, D.C. and then Walt Disney World to inspire others to support children’s hospitals.

While in Washington D.C., the Champions will visit The White House and Capitol Hill, and they will meet with elected officials to share their stories. Following their trip to the nation’s capitol, the Champions and their families will take part in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ annual Celebration event in Orlando, Fla. Celebration unites hospitals, sponsors and celebrities to celebrate achievements, share best practices and honor the children who benefit from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraising efforts.

Akron Children's Hospital is a founding member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2010, Akron Children's Hospital received more than $1.1 million from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraising activities. These dollars have helped Akron Children’s pay for equipment, services and programs to benefit our patients and their families.


About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at

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