MILWAUKEE (2/27/2009) - Children's Miracle Network has named a Champion Across America for Wisconsin. Zachary Reetz, 16, who battled meningitis, will join other child ambassadors from every state as part of the Children's Miracle Network program, Champions Across America, presented by Walmart and Sam's Club. The program brings attention to the important work being done at children's hospitals by honoring remarkable children like Reetz who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges.
Reetz, from Neshkoro, Wis., was transported to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in March 2007 by Flight for Life. Reetz was in multisystem organ failure and septic shock, the result of meningitis. His legs were amputated below the knees, and his right hand was amputated at the wrist. He stayed at the hospital for several months. A courageous, inspiring survivor, Reetz will represent Wisconsin and serve as an ambassador for the 17 million children who are treated each year at Children's Miracle Network hospitals including Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Reetz and his fellow champions will travel for one week, first to Florida for the Children's Miracle Network Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort and then to Washington, D.C. Reetz will visit Capitol Hill to share his story of medical victory.
"Over the past two decades, Children's Miracle Network, its hospitals and especially the children treated have found a very special place in the hearts of Walmart and Sam's Club associates," said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. "Our support for Champions Across America builds on the emotional connection our associates have with the children cared for by these hospitals."