Walmart and Sam's Club Raise $1 Billion in Support of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

October 19, 2018

On October 17, John Lauck, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, joined Warren E. Moore, FACHE, President and CEO of Children’s Walmart-1B-CelebrationSpecialized Hospital and Philip Salerno III, President and Chief Development Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation to celebrate a major fundraising milestone, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, members and customers have raised $1 billion since 1987.

The event took place at Walmart in Edison, NJ, where Walmart and Sam’s Club associates celebrated this major achievement with patients and their families from Children’s Specialized Hospital. In the past 30 years, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, members and customers have raised over $3.5 million for Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation as part of the national campaign. 

“Research done by Engage for Good shows that the cumulative $1 billion in cash raised for CMN Hospitals over the years by Walmart and Sam’s Club represents the largest amount ever raised for a nonprofit by one company in North America,” said David Hessekiel, president of Engage for Good, a trade group that tracks cross-sector efforts to generate positive social and business impacts.

“The impact of $1 billion raised by Walmart and Sam’s Club customers, members and associates is hard to fathom,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Because of their generosity, literally millions of kids across the U.S. and Canada are truly living better.”

“We are continually overwhelmed by the bigheartedness of our community during the Walmart and Sam’s Club campaign each September,” said Philip Salerno III, President and Chief Development Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. “All the associates truly put their hearts into the drive to raise funds for our kids and the impact is tremendous. Children’s Specialized patients and families came here today to celebrate the generosity that has helped to make their specialized care the best available care in New Jersey.”

Funds raised during the campaign help kids like Izzy Rita, who was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor only a week after celebrating her first birthday. At just two Walmart-1B-Celebration-Staffyears old, she completed 42 rounds of chemotherapy. Through it all, Izzy hasn’t let a tumor define her; instead, she has been brave and a motivator to anyone lucky enough to meet her. Izzy is this year’s Children’s Miracle Networks Hospital’s New Jersey Champion, who, like a true fighter, is now able to achieve anything she puts her mind to thanks in part to Children’s Specialized Hospital. Izzy was excited to be a part of the celebration.

Children’s Specialized Hospital, a nonprofit organization, is leading the way into a brighter future for children and adolescents facing special health challenges – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. Working with parents and families, our award-winning doctors, researchers and pediatric specialists depend on the generosity of donors to discover new and innovative ways to help more children overcome their health challenges. All donations go directly to helping us pioneer new specialized children’s care and serve more children in need. To help, or find more information: visit; find us on Facebook -, or follow us on Twitter @ChildrensSpecNJ.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

About Walmart in New Jersey
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In New Jersey we serve customers at 72 retail units and online through Walmart Grocery Pickup, and We are proud to employ 20,693 associates in New Jersey. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $12.6 billion with New Jersey suppliers in FY16, which supported 72,998 New Jersey supplier jobs. Learn more at the Walmart Today blog, and our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram channels.