Media Advisory: Event to Honor Nationwide Childrens Patient as Ohios Champion Across America' on Friday Evening

March 3, 2009

Media Advisory

Nationwide Childrens Hospital and Walmart store #2666 Manager Jon Kent will introduce Nationwide Childrens patient Kimmi Desir on March 6 as Ohios champion. Kimmi will be surprised with the opportunity to use a $500 shopping card at Walmart to prepare for her trips to Orlando and Washington D.C. from March 18 through March 25.

In 2006, 13-year-old Kimmi Desir of Reynoldsburg, Ohio became the first patient at Nationwide Childrens Hospital to receive a risky bone marrow transplant that cured her sickle cell anemia. Because only non-afflicted, full siblings are suitable for transplantation, only one in five children with sickle cell will find a suitable donor. Kimmi was fortunate to receive the transplant from her sister. Since then, Kimmi has become an advocate to lawmakers for support of the childrens hospitals that save patients just like her.

Friday, March 6, 2008, 6 p.m.

Walmart Store #2666
3579 S. High St.
Columbus, OH  43207
(614) 409-0683

Childrens Miracle Network, Walmart and Sams Club present an annual Champions Across America 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 Childrens Miracle Network hospitals each year. Kimmi will travel to Florida and to Washington, D.C., to highlight the vital work of childrens hospitals.

Childrens Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 childrens hospitals. Wal-Mart's support for  the Children's Miracle Network began in 1987. Since that time, Walmart and Sams Club associates, customers and members have raised and contributed more than $460 million for childrens hospitals.

Liz Sommer, Nationwide Children's Hospital Media Relations, (614) 355-0495,

Jessica Ceritelli, Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation, (614) 638-3285

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at