Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises vital funds for 170 nonprofit hospitals, visited the White House this week with 51 very special ambassadors: young Champions who are representing the millions of children treated each year at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

President Barack Obama met with a child from every state who has bravely battled and triumphed despite a severe illness or injury, and who has benefited from local donations to their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

“The goal of the Champions program is to bring awareness and attention to the crucial work of our nonprofit children’s hospitals,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Children are our future leaders, and these kids are here today because of the member children’s hospitals in their community. We are honored to share their stories with the President and hope he has been inspired by their courage.”

In addition to the White House visit, the Champions had an opportunity to visit with members of Congress during a luncheon on Capitol Hill hosted by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Several Champions also met one-on-one with representatives from their individual states.

Joining the Champions in DC are Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler and country music artist Mark Wills.

Delta Air Lines is the official sponsor of the 2012 Champions program, and has been a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1998. Ace Hardware and Chico’s FAS are also serving as supporting sponsors of the Champions program.

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