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Ellie Bloechl named Alaska's Children's Miracle Network Champion for 2012


Ellie to be recognized on Saturday at Dena'ina Center during KidsDay

ANCHORAGE, AK - Six-year-old Ellie Bloechl has been chosen as the 2012 Alaska Champion in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program. Ellie will be introduced as Champion during the opening ceremonies of KidsDay, Saturday, April 21, at the Dena'ina Center.

At age 4, Ellie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of cancer. This spunky girl who loved to play in the dirt dressed in her tutu began receiving care at The Children's Hospital at Providence. Kidney dialysis and physical therapy are now behind Ellie, but her chemotherapy treatments continue. Ellie has proven she's a fighter and star. She expresses her concern for other sick children in the hospital, and her bright personality is hard to resist.

Every year, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program identifies a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These Champions serve as ambassadors for the 17 million children treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals annually. The Champions and their families will travel to Orlando, Fla., and Washington, D.C., in September to highlight the vital work taking place at children's hospitals.

Event details:

Who:  Ellie Bloechl, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion, and her family; Michael Acarregui, MD, executive director, The Children's Hospital at Providence; Providence Alaska Foundation representatives; and Delta Air Lines and Ace Hardware representatives.

What: The Children's Hospital at Providence will honor Ellie Bloechl as the 2012 Alaska Champion during opening ceremonies of KidsDay. Ellie was recently named an ambassador of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program. Representatives from Delta Air Lines and Ace Hardware, official Champions program partners, will help recognize Ellie for her courage. Ellie and her family are available for interviews following the opening ceremonies.

When:            11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 21

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