Sunday, December 4, 2022

A True Champion

The Highland Village Wal-Mart hosted the presentation of Sam Gladen as Cook Children’s patient ‘Champion for Texas’ on Tuesday.

Sam, 15, who suffers from hereditary dystonia and underwent Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, will join child ambassadors, known as Champions, from every state as part of the children’s Miracle Network program.

The program brings attention to the work being done at children’s hospitals by honoring remarkable children like Sam who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges.

“Walmart has been an integral part of our community as the involvement in this program shows. We’re proud of Sam and his family for sharing their story of survival through the program at Cook Children’s Hospital,” said Mayor Scott McDearmont.

Sam will visit Capitol Hill to share his remarkable medical experience with Children’s Miracle Network’s program Champions presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Sam and his fellow champions will travel for two separate weeks as a representative of the 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals each year throughout the United States.

The Champions will first travel to Washington, D.C., in June where they will visit The White House and Capitol Hill to share their stories of medical victory, then to Orlando, Fla., in November for the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration event at Walt Disney World Resort.

More information on the Children’s Miracle Network is available at

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