Hunter Taylor looked down at his chest one day and pointed at his scar. “Where did I get this?” he asked his parents.
Nikki and Eric Taylor explained that MUSC pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Scott Bradley had used a sharp knife to cut open their child and fix his heart. Hunter’s eyes grew wide, barely believing the answer. “He cut me with a knife?”
They joke about it now but, until this past year, 6-year-old Hunter’s entire life could be charted in surgeries and hospital stays, in worry and prayer.
Children’ Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization that supports 170 children's hospitals, recently named Hunter its South Carolina Hospitals Champion Ambassador. Each year all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are invited to submit nominations, and a team at the Children's Miracle Network national office selects one champion for each state. That child then helps to share the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals story and mission with media, corporations, lawmakers and celebrities on tours in Atlanta, Washington and Florida. In 2013 alone, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals programs and campaigns raised more than $900,000 for the MUSC Children's Hospital.
Hunter was selected, in part, because donations helped to provide the surgical devices that Hunter’s doctors used to correct his heart, according to Miranda Barnard, vice president of communications at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “He will be a great champion ambassador, helping people understand the impact of making donations of any amount to their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital,” she said. “Those dollars add up to make a huge difference to local kids such as Hunter.”
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