CONNECTICUT CHILDREN’S PATIENT NAMED 2012 CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS CONNECTICUT CHAMPION
News Release - April 2012
HARTFORD, CT – Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is proud to announce that Olivia Belfonti has been named this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Connecticut Champion. Olivia will serve throughout 2012 as an ambassador for the Medical Center and all children treated at the North American charity's 170 member hospitals.
Olivia was born with pulmonary atresia, a very rare birth defect in which a baby’s heart has no pulmonary valve and pulmonary stenosis, a fixed obstruction in the right ventricle. In layman’s terms, she was born with half a heart. She also has a congenital condition in which the major visceral organs are reversed from their normal conditions. To date, Olivia has had three surgeries at Connecticut Children’s, the first when she was just 40 hours old.
Today Olivia is a healthy 7 year old who attends St. Dominic’s School in Southington. She loves hip hop, choir and participating in drama club, where she recently played a Scottish Terrier in the school’s production of “101 Dalmatians.”
“Olivia has grown up with Connecticut Children’s. For the past several years, she and her family have been very supportive of the Medical Center and are always happy to share their personal experience with our donors and the community. We are grateful and proud that they will be our official Ambassadors this year, representing the many wonderful families who have entrusted their care to us,” said Martha Schall, Connecticut Children’s Foundation President.
As part of the Champions program, Olivia will be traveling to Orlando, Fla. and Washington, D.C., in September.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions:
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., for one week in September to meet with delegates and media to highlight the vital work taking place at children’s hospitals.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Delta Air Lines has been a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1998, and this year is supporting the 2012 Champions program as title sponsor. Ace Hardware and Chico’s FAS are official sponsors of the 2012 Champions.