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SPANISH FORT, Ala. -- When little Shep Hall walked into his first grade classroom on a recent morning, he had no idea some of his favorite space heroes were waiting for him just down the hall.
That’s because his parents, teachers and staff from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital had a big surprise planned for the Rockwell Elementary student. A Star Wars themed medal ceremony was held in honor of the 7-year-old’s latest achievement.
Known to friends and family as Shep, Shephard Hall was selected as the Children's Miracle Network's local Champion for 2018-2019. He and his family will represent USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital throughout the year.
To see the blonde-headed boy today, you might never guess how bravely he battled a childhood disease a few years earlier. At age 2, Shep was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. During treatment, he endured two staph infections, spent more than 75 nights in the hospital and battled pneumonia.
Today, he is thriving and having fun with his first-grade classmates. Shep, along with his family, has agreed to share their miracle story to raise awareness about how important it is to financially support your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
Shep's medal ceremony included special guest Darth Vader, who presented the medal. Shep and his family also received complimentary passes courtesy of OWA Amusement Park.
About Children's & Women's Hospital
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is one of five freestanding hospitals in the country dedicated specifically to the health care needs of children and women, offering Mobile’s only neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, pediatric oncology and sickle cell outpatient center and high-risk obstetrical care. With more than 2,800 births annually, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is the area’s leader in deliveries.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
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