Rady Children’s Hospital

A six-week fundraising campaign at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club outlets collected more than $531,000 for Rady Children’s Hospital, the retail giant announced Monday.

The local effort was part of a nationwide fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

Nationally, through donations accepted at cash registers and in-store fundraising activities, Wal-Mart raised more than $40.2 million for the 170 hospitals that make up the network. The money goes toward buying life-saving equipment, supporting therapy programs and providing charitable care.

“We are so grateful for the incredible work of Wal-Mart leadership and their associates, which led to another successful fundraising campaign,” said Carol Damon-Scherer, the vice president of development for the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Many special programs rely on community support to operate, and with this donation Rady Children’s will be better-equipped to provide the excellence in patient care we are known for nationwide.”

Rady Children’s Hospital said it would dedicate the money to a fund that helps pay for life-saving technology and research, provides a safety net for children with little or no medical insurance, and creates a healing environment designed to enrich the experience of patients and their families.

— City News Service

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