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And she’s off! Cassie Rickerson hits the road as Children’s Miracle Network ambassador


Eight-year-old Cassie Rickerson of Lexington has kicked off the first leg of her Champions Ambassador Tour for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

Cassie Rickerson

Cassie Rickerson (Photo from UKNow)

Cassie, a Kentucky Children’s Hospital patient, traveled to Atlanta with 52 other “champion” children who have personally benefited from donations to the charity and exemplify how vital community support is for local children’s hospitals.
Cassie was selected to represent the state of Kentucky for bravely facing her unique medical challenges and will serve to illustrate the impact of local donations to KCH.

Sixty-two children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute with common childhood afflictions such as asthma and broken bones or to fight bigger challenges such as birth defects and cancer

When Cassie was 2, she had unexplained leg pain, nosebleeds, bruising and recurring fevers. Her mother took her to KCH, where Cassie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After an aggressive round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Cassie is now in remission, and is happy and healthy. She is very devoted to her cheer team and loves her pets, reading and the ’80s.
The tour includes a gathering in Atlanta, Delta’s headquarters and largest hub. The champions will then be transported to the nation’s capital where they meet with local representatives on Capitol Hill, participate in a satellite media tour and continue to raise awareness for the charitable needs of children’s hospitals.
The 2015-16 champions will reunite in February 2016 for the final leg of their Ambassador Tour in Orlando, Florida. To learn more about the champions, and for a short video of last year’s Ambassador Tour, click here.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the United States and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

To learn more about all this year’s champions, click here

From UKNow

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