Children's Miracle Network honors little miracles - FOX 35 News Orlando

Children's Miracle Network honors little miracles

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It was a big night at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Wednesday. The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals honored kids who face diseases most of us will never even hear about.

Children's Miracle Network hospitals brought children from across the country and Canada to Disney this week, each child nominated because of the heroic battle he or she is waging.
  
And events like the Children's Miracle Network Champions dinner at Disney is one of the moments that explains why so many gather every year at Disney.

A child from every state in the country and 14 from Canada nominated by a participating Children's Network Hospital are honored as a "champions" because they have more grit than many adults.

The Children's Miracle Network Champion's dinner was first held in the early 90's, and every year since, kids of all ages are flown in with their families for a week of fun and tributes at Disney, followed by a trip to our nation's capitol to meet the President.

Jack and Luke Edwards are this year's champions from Florida. Six-year-old twins born prematurely at 30 weeks have faced and conquered massive heart and lung issues.

Jennifer, the twins mother, is grateful to the miracle network. "[The Miracle Network] actually purchased the transporters that moved my twins into the NICU right after they were born."

Jack and Luke are also appreciative. When asked if there was something they'd like to say to the people that work with the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Jack quickly says,"Thank you!" Then a few seconds later Luke said: "Yeah ... thank you very much!"

But whether in Florida or miles away in Illinois, parents at the dinner all feel the same. Deanna Planitc is the mother of Illinois' champion, four-year-old Jordan, who is one of only nine children in the world to have a rare syndrome where parts of his brain are missing or damaged.

Deanna says with a smile and glistening eyes, "This is the first time I've been able to watch him be a little boy from sun up to sun down ... and I'm having a blast!"

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals was cofounded by Marie Osmond and John Schneider and a few others. A few celebrities were in attendance Wednesday including Miss America
Nina Davuluri, Disney dance star Zendaya, and TV talent Nick Cannon.

Cannon says, "I'm honored to be here.  It really is something that allows you to put your life into perspective, so to be here is a blessing."

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