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The Children’s Hospital at Providence patient named Children’s Miracle Network Alaska Champion


Four-year-old Holland Shaffer to travel to Washington, D.C., Orlando, Fla,; Walmart, Sam’s Club provide $500 shopping card for trip necessities

ANCHORAGE, AK – Holland Shaffer’s mom sums up her personality like this: strong-willed and compassionate. It is the first trait, her strong will, that has enabled her to defy odds and become the fearless preschooler she is today.
Holland was born at 23 weeks gestation, weighing just 1 pound 3 ounces. In her first 99 days of life, all of which were spent in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Holland underwent surgery for her heart, received multiple blood transfusions, and had laser eye surgery, among other procedures. Following her discharge from the hospital, Holland had 97 appointments in nine months, including visits to pulmonologists, cardiologists, dieticians, gastroenterologists and more.
Her battle didn’t stop there. At only 2 years old, Holland was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a life-long disease. In fact, Holland is the youngest child in Alaska to have been put on an insulin pump.
Despite these challenges, Holland’s smile and personality make her stand out in a crowd, or on a playground, where she prefers to spend her time.
Media Event:
Who: Holland Shaffer, 4, The Children’s Hospital at Providence patient
         Marty Howard, Wal-Mart manager
         Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center


What: Richard Mandsager, MD, and Marty Howard will introduce Holland as Alaska‘s Champion. Holland will be surprised with the opportunity to spend a $500 shopping card at Walmart to prepare for her trips to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla.
When: 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 11


Where: Walmart, 8900 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage
Why: Children’s Miracle Network, Walmart and Sam’s Club present an annual “Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club” program. A Champion, a child with a remarkable medical story, is chosen from each state. The Champions serve as ambassadors for the 17 million children who are treated at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals each year. Holland will travel to Washington, D.C., in June and then to Orlando, Fla., in November, to highlight the vital work of children’s hospitals.
Children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. Walmart's support for Children's Miracle Network began in 1987. This year Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members are celebrating the contribution of more than $500 million for children’s hospitals since the partnership began.
Located within Providence Alaska Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at Providence functions as a hospital within a hospital. The Children’s Hospital is known for its outstanding NICU, PICU, and Maternity Center. The 100-bed inpatient facility offers family-centered care in every area of pediatric medicine and onsite clinics including oncology, neurological development, urology, endocrinology, orthopedics, genetics, cystic fibrosis, a subspecialty clinic and a center for special needs. For more information about the Children’s Hospital, visit: