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Meet Our 2022 Champion!

Every year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals asks each of its member hospitals to identify a “Champion” to serve as the face for the millions of children treated by children’s hospitals annually. These ambassadors spend one year advocating for the charitable need of the hospital where they received their care.

This year, James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital selected Blake Collie to be our 2022 Champion!

Blake was an energetic 8-year-old enjoying the last day of summer with his family at the pool when he got a terrible headache. When he started throwing up his parents knew they had to go to their local emergency room. His local emergency department saw a brain aneurysm on a CT scan, and he was air lifted to Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. Upon landing, he immediately went into surgery to get drains put in to relieve the pressure in his brain. Next they removed the source of the bleeding, an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, which had ruptured and caused a stroke. He spent 25 days in the Pediatric ICU, followed by 25 days in rehab where he re-learned to walk and talk. Now, he’s back to enjoying life with his parents and 3 siblings!