Thirty years ago Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, told the co-founders of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that his associates would amaze them. This statement proved prophetic as Walmart and Sam’s Club this year celebrate 30 years of working with CMN Hospitals to raise nearly $1 billion to #HelpKidsLiveBetter.
The march to $1 billion continues in 2017 as Walmart and Sam’s Club kick off their annual CMN Hospitals fundraising campaign happening Sept. 21 ― Oct. 29. Walmart customers and Sam’s Club members can donate to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals when they check out now through Oct. 1. In addition to the register campaign, there are other opportunities for customers and members to donate through associate-driven activities like bakes sales, contests and other events.
In honor of the 30th anniversary, Walmart and CMN Hospitals are sharing the stories of standout associates across the country who are passionate about supporting their local children’s hospital to #HelpKidsLiveBetter during the annual campaign in creative ways. One such local associate is Misty Willis of the Childress Walmart on Avenue F. We’re including Misty’s story below, and please let us know if we can arrange an interview to highlight his dedication to raising funds for Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation as this year’s campaign launches later this week!
Walmart assistant manager Misty Willis knows life can change in an instant.
In 2014, her son was run over by a truck in front of their home and experienced serious trauma that kept him fighting in the pediatric intensive care unit at Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation for two months.
As Misty saw how Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals helped her son and their family with medical bills and travel expenses, her passion for helping the cause intensified.
“You never know, from minute to minute, how your life can change,” Misty says. “What you do to help today, someday could be helping you or a close family member. It’s my passion. If I can help, then I want to do it, whether it takes me staying up late, getting up early, or doing it on my lunch. If it’s to help someone, then I’m going to do it.”
And Misty doesn’t want to just raise money. She wants to excel at it. In 2016, she led her store to a near 30 percent increase in fundraising.
“I want to be the best. That way we give to the kids who need it,” Misty says. “My store is my second family, and I want us to succeed and do everything we can.”
Donate at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club today to help children in your community.
(Press Release from Walmart)