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CMN Hospitals: Mason Mitchell

New York Champion

NY Mason Mitchell It is with great pleasure that we announce Mason Mitchell, a Webster toddler born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), as the 2011 New York State Champion and Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Mason Mitchell was born with a hole in his diaphragm, causing his vital organs to float upwards and push against his lungs. Mason's condition was life-threatening, but Golisano Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Surgical Division were poised and ready to treat little Mason when he came into the world. Mason has since undergone several major surgeries, but one would never know it by seeing the energetic little boy, who always wears huge smile on his face.

Walmart hosted a celebration for Mason and his family in May, with a cake, refreshments and lots of balloons. They also surprised the family with a $500 gift card to Walmart, which the Mitchells can use in preparation for the trip they'll be going on with other State Champions in October. For photos from the event, check out our Facebook album.

On Sept. 28, Mayer Paint and Hardware held a send-off event for the Mitchells family, and donated a $150 gift card to the family. The Mayer Owners Sara and Tom Green, Mason's favorite nurse Heather and Dr. Kate Ackerman joined the Mitchells for the celebration. Dr. Ackerman's research focuses on learning more about CDH. Visit our News page for coverage from the event or check out photos on Facebook. During the Mitchells' trip in October, they'll visit Washington D.C., and Orlando, Fla. Congratulations to Mason and his family!

Mason's CMN Hospitals blog is available here. To see a video the Mitchells did with us around the holidays, click here.

CMN Hospitals Sponsors
Ace Hardware * American Legion * Auntie Anne's Soft Pretzels * Blockbuster Video * Coca-Cola * Credit Unions for Kids * Express Mart * Hershey Foods * HMS Host * IHOP * IOF Forresters * Kinney Drugs * Kiwanis * Krispy Kreme * Laidlaw Education Service * Marriott Corp. * RE/MAX * Rite Aid * Sam's Club * Schwan's * Soma’s * Sunoco * Tops Friendly Markets * Wal-Mart * White House/Black Market