Meet the 2007 North Dakota CMN Champion

Over the long course of her cancer treatment, 14 year old Monica Hatch was determined to let people know how much she loves life, she often said, "I'm not sick, I just have cancer." Recently, her battle with cancer took a turn for the worse with a difficult diagnosis, but through it all she has embodied the true heart of a champion in every way possible. Her courage amazes us all, we are proud to name Monica Hatch our 2007 Children's Miracle Network Champion.

Over the long course of her cancer treatment, 14 year old Monica Hatch was determined to let people know how much she loves life, she often said, "I'm not sick, I just have cancer." Recently, her battle with cancer took a turn for the worse with a difficult diagnosis, but through it all she has embodied the true heart of a champion in every way possible. Her courage amazes us all, we are proud to name Monica Hatch our 2007 Children's Miracle Network Champion.

In 2003, when Monica was 11, she was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma. Though her first course of chemotherapy proceeded as planned, her second course of chemotherapy did not. Due to her weakened immune system, Monica developed pneumonia, blood bacteria and dangerous complications from a spider bite. She lapsed into a coma for weeks, dependent on a respirator and feeding tube to keep her alive. Through her long stay at MeritCare Children's Hospital, Monica fought through every setback, regaining her strength to continue to battle cancer. In July 2006, a large tumor was removed from her chest cavity followed by a full course of radiation therapy. Things seemed to be improving, however, in February 2007, Monica received the terrible news that cancer had returned and spread throughout her body. Despite this difficult diagnosis, Monica and her family persevere, Monica now truly faces the fight of her young life, but plans to get the most from every moment she has.

Despite all the school she has missed, Monica continues to try to keep up with classes not wanting to get behind in her schoolwork and maintaining an impressive 3..5 GPA throughout her treatment. As if all that weren't enough, Monica spends her spare time making beaded bracelets and gift bags for kids at MeritCare Children's Hospital.

Why Champions?

Each year 14 million children treated at CMN-affiliated hospitals fight their personal battle for a happy, healthier life. At Children's Hospitals, medical specialists provide care and treatment, families provide hope and love, and caring donors financially support the work being done. Each of these individuals help make these children champions.

You can help children like Monica, please consider a gift to MeritCare Children's Hospital through your donation to Children's Miracle Network. On June 2, 2007, from 1 p.m.-10 p.m. CMN Champions will be featured on the nationally televised 23rd annual Children's Miracle Network (CMN) television celebration. Locally, the celebration will take place from 3-10 p.m. and will air on KVLY-TV 11.

100% of every dollar raised in this region stays in the region. Because of gifts to MeritCare Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network, kids like Monica can receive top-quality care without traveling long distance. Thank you for making a difference in children's lives.

For more information about the Children's Miracle Network and MeritCare Foundation, please call (701) 234-5036 or email foundation@meritcare.com.