Children’s Miracle Network and Empire Screen Printing team up to produce greeting cards

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Ryan Henry Gundersen Health System

Thanks to the generosity of a local partner and the creative talents of its Heroes, Children’s Miracle Network is once again spreading good cheer this season with its holiday greeting card campaign.

It’s an initiative that has raised thousands of dollars for the CMN by showcasing the artwork of its little ambassadors, whose families have benefited from the money they help raise through their efforts.

Every year since 1987, Children’s Miracle Network, in partnership with Empire Screen Printing and its Heroes program, produces the greeting cards, which are sold in the days leading up to Christmas to raise awareness of MCN and fund its programming. , said Beth Noffsinger, CMN specialist at Gundersen Health System. This is the 10th year that the Holiday Pack has featured artwork from each of the five CMN Heroes.

“Each year we have several families who are generous enough to volunteer their time to Children’s Miracle Network, and these are all families who have used various CMN services in the past,” Noffsinger said. “(With this project), they are given an idea for a map, and the children paint it. It’s just beautiful works of art. It turns out wonderfully every year.

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Last Thursday, one of those children, Piper Gentry, 6, and her father, Dan, were at Empire Screen Printing to promote this year’s range of cards. For the past 35 years, Empire has donated the materials and labor used to create the cards, allowing 100% of the profits to go to CMN. It’s a cause that Jim Brush, owner of Empire, believes in and was quick to support when approached.

“Working with foundations in the community is important to him, and when it happened, he was pretty committed to helping the Children’s Miracle Network,” said Jennifer Schloesser, creative director at Empire. “He loves being part of the community where kids are involved, and if there’s anything he can do, after starting this business, to give back to the community, that’s his goal.”

And the families of heroes who benefit from this kind of philanthropy, Noffsinger finds, are eager to promote a program that has helped them support them in big and small ways while navigating their difficult medical journeys early in life. This support goes through meal voucher certificates and petrol cards for some, to finance the purchase of suitable medical equipment for others.

“The Hero program has been a phenomenal way for people to see their gift in action,” Noffsinger said. “And for many of our families, this is a wonderful opportunity for them. They love having the opportunity to meet the people who have helped support the CMN over the years.

One such family belongs to Piper, a first-grader at Southern Bluffs Elementary School in La Crosse, who was born prematurely and spent more than 100 days in Gundersen’s NICU. Throughout this period, Dan said the family received a lot of help from CMN as they spent most of their time in hospital.

“It was very helpful for our family back then, just not having to worry about those simple things like putting gas in the car and getting meals,” he said.

The Gentry’s jumped at the chance to participate in the Hero program because it was a great opportunity to help other families like theirs get help when they needed it most.

“We wanted to help spread the word, spread the word and talk about this great program that’s here for our community,” Dan said. “I think (Piper) has been a good ambassador for the program. She learned a lot and was able to meet a lot of people and hear a lot of inspiring and positive stories.

Vacation cards are sold in packs of 20 for $8 and can be purchased at several Gundersen pharmacies, including those at the Onalaska Clinic and the main campus in La Crosse, as well as at the Gundersen Medical Foundation office downtown. town of La Crosse and the gift store at La Crosse Hospital. You can also contact the Foundation to have cards shipped for a flat fee of $5.

For more information, call the Foundation at 608-775-6600, email [email protected]or drop by the office at 201 Third St. N. in La Crosse.

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