Monday, May 6, 2013

CoxHealth patient Dustin Reaves named 2013 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Missouri Champion

Dustin Reaves will represent Missouri and raise awareness and funds for the charity on a national level 

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth is proud to announce that Dustin Reaves of Fair Grove has been named this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Missouri Champion. Dustin will serve as a fundraising and awareness ambassador for CoxHealth CMN Hospitals and all children treated at CMN Hospital’s 170 member hospitals across North America.

Dustin, 13, was chosen for facing his unique medical challenges with courage and will serve to illustrate the impact of CoxHealth CMN Hospitals and why donated funds are needed for treatment, recovery and charitable care. This fall, Dustin and champions selected from each state will gather for an official ambassador trip to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla.

Since Dustin’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes at age 4, he’s been fascinated with the human body and medicine. Daily insulin injections and regular doctor appointments have given him a unique insider’s view into the medical field. Thanks to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Dustin now has an insulin pump that has eliminated painful daily injections and improved his quality of life. Now a teenager, he wants to become a pediatric endocrinologist so he can help other kids cope with this chronic condition.

“We’re happy for Dustin and thrilled that he will represent Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth and Missouri,” said Tim Siebert, CoxHealth CMN Hospitals director. “The champions program highlights the important work of CMN Hospitals across the nation, helping the families of sick and injured children with medical expenses, medically related travel expenses and so much more.”