This year, the Sons of Pericles have chosen the Children's Miracle Network as our National Project. The Children's Miracle Network is a non profit organization that raises funds for children's hospitals in the United States and Canada. The organization supports over 10 million children every year at over 170 network hospitals.
Since its founding in 1983 the Children's Miracle Network has raised over $7 billion to help fill funding gaps not covered by medicaid and other insurance programs. Every day CMN hospitals treat 16,200 kids with trauma, 2,128 kids with cancer, 2,329 kids for surgeries and 925 babies in the NiCU. We are pleased to be supporting an organization that has such a large impact on so many lives.
We encourage our chapters to use this year's national project as an opportunity to make a difference in their local communities. Many of our chapters have a CMN hospital present in their community and we encourage chapters to reach out to these hospitals and see how you can support, There is a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children across the country.