What is Children's Miracle Network (CMN)?


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 through Blizzard Run stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. 


Every penny goes to kids in Central PA.


Penn State Children’s Hospital is the only Level 1 trauma hospital between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia fully equipped to treat the most severely ill and injured children of  Central Pennsylvania.

Funds raised through CMN are allocated at Penn State Children's Hospital to provide equipment, research and patient services.  CMN is onsite at the Hospital everyday, supporting the families in any possible way from laundry care and meals, to being there for these kids in their deepest emotional and psychological needs.  


How is the money used?


Our funds support family-centered programs, life-saving equipment, and transformative research to help provide the best possible care to sick and injured children in our community. 


Family-Centered Programs

  • Child Life Specialists who support the emotional and social needs of children and their families
  • Family-Centered Care program
  • Care Coordination to provide gas and meal cards for families in need
  • Summer camp scholarships for kids with special needs
  • Injury Prevention Program

Life-Saving Equipment

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit incubators
  • Heart monitors & ventilators
  • Pediatric ambulance
  • Life Lion isolettes
  • Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine
  • MRI video goggles
  • Ultrasound machines

Transformative Research

  • Nasal Oral Respiratory Interface (NORI) system
  • Newborn Weight Tool (NEWT)
  • Shaken baby syndrome education and prevention
  • Lung disease therapy and prevention
  • Enhance the quality of life for children with mental health, learning, and neurodevelopmental disorders

Stories from Penn State CHildren's Hospital

Every year, Penn State Children's Hospital is a destination for hope and healing for thousands of children and their families. With the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, we serve the most populous rural regions in the nation, with more than a million children in our referral area. We also have more than 20 specialty pediatric patient services in Hershey and more than 30 outpatient clinic locations throughout Pennsylvania.

My daughter, Abby, was diagnosed with meningitis and was airlifted to PSHMC at 8months old. CMN and the hospital did an amazing job treating her. Now, she is a healthy 4.5 year old. The hospital saved her life because of CMN. We are grateful everyday.
— Posted September 11 at 8:19 pm by Kim & Dave Jones
Spent several weeks there with our son. Dealt with Oncology, pediactric surgery, Infectious Disease, PICU and many others. Could not have been blessed with a more knowledgable, caring staff on every level! Kudos and thanks to all for helping our Luke!
— Posted October 8 at 9:40 am by Dan Gabriele
Our daughter, Alivia, was recently in the PICU due to complications with pneumonia. Although it was scariest moment of our lives, we found comfort in our interactions with all of the amazing doctors and nurses. They treated Alivia as if she was their own.
— Posted June 4 at 9:53 am by Kate Hatley
My son, Jack, has hydrocephalus due to a bleed that occurred after childbirth. He has had three brain surgeries in his first year of life. The staff and doctors at the hospital are wonderful, plus the technologies provided are amazing.
— Posted July 26 at 8:02 am by Dana Natale
penn state hershey helped wit two of my children the first on had kidney faliure and was up in hershey for over a week my daughter had heart surgery and was there for 5 days
— Posted June 11 at 4:16 pm by heather smith
Our daughter, Kennedy was born at HMC and ended up in the NICU for almost 2 months. The staff at HMC was AMAZING to our family. They helped us through one of the most difficult times of our lives. It is because of them that we have our miracle, Kennedy
— Posted April 26 at 11:09 am by Donya Stevenson
My 4 mo old was flown to HMC after a murmur was discovered at her well baby visit. Her left ventricle had become severely enlarged. I can’t say enough how wonderful ALL the nurses in the PICU are as well as all the Attendings
— Posted February 23 at 12:40 pm by Jennifer Ayers
My son, Colin spent the first 75 days of his life with the amazing staff at HMC NICU. When he arrived on Life Lion, there seemed to be just a glimmer of hope. The nurses and doctors never gave up fighting for him and our miracle is now 4 months old!
— Posted February 17 at 1:31 pm by Chris Fogarty