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Little Champ Gives Back to Childrens Hospital

Today, 9-year-old Matthew Garberg of Moorhead, Minn., is giving back to MeritCare Children's Hospital – his home for almost the first year of his life. At 1:30 p.m., Matthew will be delivering new toys to the Children's Hospital play room – a place where hospitalized children can play, read books, watch movies and try to get away from the hospital setting and get back to being kids.

Today, 9-year-old Matthew Garberg of Moorhead, Minn., is giving back to MeritCare Children's Hospital – his home for almost the first year of his life. At 1:30 p.m., Matthew will be delivering new toys to the Children's Hospital play room – a place where hospitalized children can play, read books, watch movies and try to get away from the hospital setting and get back to being kids.

Matthew is the 2009 Children's Miracle Network (CMN) champion for North Dakota. He had money left over from the fully-sponsored CMN trip to Washington, D.C. this past March. The idea of buying toys for the Children's Hospital was Matthew's first choice of how to spend the extra money – which doesn't surprise people who know Matthew and his great imagination during play.

About Matthew:

Matthew was born premature and shortly after birth he developed an infection that led to Matthew's colon to be removed, resulting in short bowel syndrome. At one year of age, Matthew weighed just 10 pounds. At age 5 his tube feedings were discontinued; however, he still gets severely dehydrated and often gets infections in his small intestine. Because of the medical expertise of those at MeritCare, Matthew is able to live a normal life.

About CMN champions:

The Children's Miracle Network Champions program honors remarkable children from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. For their courage and perseverance, the champions have been selected as international ambassadors for the 17 million kids treated each year at Children's Miracle Network hospitals. MeritCare has the only children's hospital in North Dakota.