Partnerships are almost always positive. When Children’s Miracle Network teams with Wal-Mart it’s certainly a good thing. When CMN and Wal-Mart join with the Miss America Organization, it’s a great thing!
At the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Winchester, Virginia last week there was a special celebration. Twenty years of this amazing partnership brought together Wal-Mart management and employees, Children’s National Medical Center staff and children’s Champion Ambassador Joey Lora, with me, Miss District of Columbia.
Shoppers joined in by enjoying cake and punch, getting to know Joey, and buying those familiar $1 balloons that mean so much to Children’s Miracle Network funding.
Joey Lora is truly a miracle! Having over ten brain surgeries in his 8 years, most of them during his first two years of life, in which half of his brain was removed and portions stopped functioning after a stroke, he currently survives and thrives on only 40% of his brain. While he still still suffers debilitating and very frightening seizures, he makes huge strides almost daily. He was so proud to show me how therapy helped to progress muscle movement in his arm and he even wanted to learn karate!
akes Joey even more of a miracle is his amazing enthusiasm for life. Nicknamed Mr. Personality, Joey makes friends everywhere he goes and leaves everyone he meets with a smile. He loves to learn, he loves to try new things, and just like every little boy, he dreams big dreams of what he will be when he grows up (and of course it changes constantly!).
Joey’s mother, Sandy, summed up her sadness, her strength, and her hopes in looking back over their long and continuing struggle. She reflected on his health complications and the number of times which he was almost taken from the world, and said she figured that he is just not supposed to be here. Yet he is… and she hopes that it is because he is supposed to serve as an example of the great work Children’s Miracle Network is doing for so many children around the country – to help people put a face to a miracle.
I love your website. The story you wrote about Joey is summed up perfectly. Could not be said better. Thank you. It was great meeting you & we hope to catch up with you when you are back in DC/MD. You are doing a great job representing the District of Columbia while Joey is doing a great job of being Champion Ambassador to CNMC for the Childrens Miracle Network! You are both very special people!
Keep in touch,
Sandy Lora & Joey
Hello Kate, I just read your article about Joey. He is my youngest nephew. He said how much of a good time he had when he had come down to Walmart. I’m glad that you got to meet my favorite little person. He is the joy of my life. I live in D.C.and am very proud to have you represent us. Take care, Sharon (better know as Aunt Sharon)