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Champion Child Spencer Flies High with Delta Sky

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - Campus News -
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Each year Children's Miracle Network Hospitals selects a child who has been treated by a Children's Miracle Network Hospital to be featured in the Delta Sky Magazine. Spencer, 2012 Oklahoma Champion Child, has been selected by CMN Hospitals to appear in July's issue of Delta Sky Magazine due to his captivating smile and amazing life story.

"We thought that Spencer was a great representative of all the kids that were helped with the Champions program and great to represent all the kids who are helped by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals," said Miranda Barnard, Vice President of Communications for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

As the 2012 Oklahoma Champion Child of Oklahoma, Spencer took to the skies and joined other Champions from around the country to spread the word that children's hospitals need your support. Spencer's journey took him to Washington, D.C., where he visited the White House and even shook President Barack Obama's hand.  He then flew to Orlando, Fla., for the CMN Hospitals Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort where he got to interact with Disney characters. The program brings attention to the important work being done at children's hospitals by honoring remarkable children like Spencer.

Spencer was diagnosed with Achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism. Doctors discovered he was deaf when he was only six months old. At eleven months old, he went into a coma after extensive surgery. Physicians soon discovered Spencer's blood sugar was extremely low and they didn't expect him to make it through the night.

"Spencer is a completely unique child. He's so energetic and so positive," said Dr. Terrence Stull, CMRI Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair and Chairman for the Department of Pediatrics. "Because of his uniqueness, he requires a host of specialists. We're very blessed to have the whole variety of pediatric specialists in Oklahoma City to care for Spencer."

Spencer has undergone several genetic testing attempts and biopsies, yet answers to these problems are still unknown. Spencer sees Children's Hospital Foundation supported physician-scientists at the Children's Hospital who are working to come up with answers.

For more information on how to support Children's Hospital Foundation, visit www.okchf.org.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness while keeping 100 percent of donations in the community where they are raised.  Children's Hospital Foundation is a proud affiliate of CMN Hospitals and is dedicated to providing funding for pediatric programs in research, education and clinical care for Oklahoma's children. 

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ABOUT US:             
Since its inception in 1983, Children's Hospital Foundation, through its volunteer board and vast community support, has funded pediatric research, education and clinical programs including collaborative projects with the OU Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Children's Physicians and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust.  For more information, contact Executive Director, Kathy McCracken at 405.650.1718 or visit our website: www.okchf.org.

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