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Thank you, Walmart and Sam’s Clubs!

Local Walmart and Sam’s Club locations have done it again! June 19-July 31, they came together and raised more than $427,000, which is a 46% increase from last year to help kids live better!

Here were our top 3 fundraising locations:

  1. Store #1471-New London
  2. Store #2434 -Iron Mountain
  3. Store #2958 -Appleton

A big thank you to every Walmart and Sam’s club associate, manager and customer  that went above and beyond to help us help kids and their families at Children’s Wisconsin.

We want to give a special shout out to Walmart #1471 in New London, WI, for showing their true commitment to kids by increasing their fundraising with a more than $12,000, (358%) increase from last year! They were Children’s highest fundraising store, for raising a total of $15,464 this year, blowing their 2.5k goal out of the water. A fun way they raised funds was by sharing Leah’s story, our state champion, through her #FlatLeah cutout!

Leah represents Children’s Wisconsin as the state-wide Children’s Champion, participating in and sharing her story at Children’s Miracle Network events and cause partner engagements! Leah leads by example and shows that being in a wheelchair doesn’t have to affect the way you live your life.

This bright and bubbly teenager was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic neuromuscular disorder that causes a loss of muscle strength and control. Even though she’s unable to walk, Leah has never shied away from living her life to the fullest. Leah comes to Children’s nearly every week for occupational and physical therapy and various doctor appointments. In August 2017, her care team in the Neurosciences Center prescribed a brand-new medication for SMA called Spinraza, and she has made tremendous progress. There is no cure for SMA, but Spinraza is a treatment drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that can halt the progression and even reverse some symptoms in SMA patients. Since starting the medication, Leah can wave and talk with her hands, and her core is much stronger. She can lift a whole cup of milk, use a pen, and tap her toes. These are things she could not do before starting treatment.

Follow Leah’s journey and watch as she continues to make an impact for kids and their families through her incredible story @Leahssmaadventures on Instagram and Youtube!

Leah also stopped by and received gifts provided by Walmart #2828 in Milwaukee for Children’s foster family program and fundraising events. They donated snacks, basic hygiene products, an assortment of drinks and more!

Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you Walmart & Sam’s Club for helping us help kids!