SPOKANE, July 29, 2013 — “Everything is going to be all right,” are the words Masin Hawkins used to assure his family when he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at 14 years old. Masin was playing football with friends when he began to feel dizzy. It’s the last thing he remembers before a school nurse administered CPR on him and he was whisked away in an ambulance.
After medication failed to stabilize his heart, doctors at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, a CMNH beneficiary, determined Masin needed a heart transplant. Three long months later, Masin’s new heart was in place and, to his family’s relief, working fine.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of the Inland Northwest (CMNH) is proud to announce that Masin has been named this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Champion for the state of Washington. Masin will serve as a fundraising and awareness ambassador for CMNH and Washington and all children treated at the North American charity's 170 member hospitals.
Masin was chosen for facing his unique medical challenge with courage and will serve to illustrate the impact of CMNH and why donated funds are needed for treatment, recovery and charitable care. This fall, Masin and Champions selected from each state will gather for an official ambassador trip to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. Delta Air Lines is the official sponsor of the 2013 Champions program, with Chico’s FAS, Inc. as a presenting sponsor.
These days Masin is able to enjoy his favorite activities like dirt bike riding, snowboarding and basketball. He continues to play video games, which helped him cope during his 98-day stay at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. And despite being a tough teenager, Masin has a soft spot in his heart for other sick and injured children.
“To have a child like Masin, who comes in with such dire straits, with things in his life falling apart, losing the types of things he loves to do – it’s a miracle to give a child back the hopes and dreams that every child deserves,” said Masin’s Pediatric Cardiologist, Carl P. Garabedian, MD.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions
Every year, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Champions program identifies a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These Champions serve as ambassadors for the millions of children treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals annually. The Champions and their families will travel to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. for one week in October to meet with media and delegates to highlight the vital work taking place at children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Delta Air Lines has been a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1998, and this year is supporting the 2013 Champions program as the official sponsor. Chico’s FAS, Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Champions. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org/Champions.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of the Inland Northwest
Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids by raising funds for nine local hospitals and programs across the Inland Northwest. Each year these non-profit hospitals and programs provide the finest care, research, and community outreach to help millions of children with diseases and injuries of every kind. 100% of the funds raised locally stay in the Inland Northwest to benefit children suffering from all afflictions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, trauma and abuse, regardless of their family's race, religion, background or ability to pay for services.
Children's Miracle Network is a division of Inland Northwest Health Services and benefits pediatric services and programs at these facilities:
- Kootenai Health
- Northwest MedStar
- Partners with Families and Children
- Providence Holy Family Hospital
- Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital-Colville
- Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital
- Providence St. Joseph's Hospital-Chewelah
- St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
- Team St. Luke's