Duke Children’s has been a proud member of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals since 1984. CMN Hospitals fundraising has raised over $80 million to support clinical care, pediatric research, and provider education at Duke Children’s. 

You can help support Duke Children’s by shopping and donating at our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partners and support events like Radiothon, Miracle Network Dance Marathon, and Extra Life!  Look for the yellow Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals balloon at your local businesses, restaurants, and organizations to know that they are a valued Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner.

If you have questions about Duke Children’s partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, please contact Emily Mitch Ward at 

The Miracle Balloon icon was created in 1986 by the Hartford, Connecticut, CMN Hospitals region. The balloon is now the national symbol for CMN Hospitals.

CMN Hospitals fundraising began as a telethon and has expanded to a national movement to change kids’ health: 170 member hospitals across the United States and Canada, dozens of partnerships with national and regional corporate entities, and multiple peer-to-peer fundraising programs that empower individual groups to give back to their local children’s hospital.

Over 685 individual business locations in North Carolina raise money for Duke Children’s through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year

NC CMN Region

2024 Campaigns and Events

  • Dance Marathons:
  • Corporate Partner Campaigns
CMN Hospitals Balloon
Radiothon final total

Program Spotlight: The Season of Hope Radiothon on MIX 101.5 

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Adeline DQ

Program Spotlight: Corporate Partner Cause Marketing 

Eat, shop, and support!
Dance Marathon

Program Spotlight: Dance Marathon 

Join the movement!
Extra Life Guild Members

Program Spotlight: Extra Life 

One up for the kids!
Adeline Excerpt

Meet Adeline, a 2024 CMN Hospitals National Champion!

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Meet Braeden, your 2024 CMN Hospitals Local Champion! 

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Impact Report


Helping Children Today and Supporting Tomorrow’s Providers

One of the most tangible ways CMN Hospitals supports Duke Children’s is via the Kids Care Grant program. CMN Hospitals contributions are the sole source of funding for these grants, which are awarded annually to divisions to enhance the quality of compassionate, family-centered care delivered at Duke Children’s.

In 2023, Kids Care Grant funding supported multiple initiatives including:

  • A clinic guide for patients in the cleft and craniofacial program, authored by patient, Violet Ake (below and seen elsewhere in this issue on p. 21)

  • The purchasing of bike helmets to provide to low-income families to help prevent head injuries

  • A program to provide ongoing neurodevelopmental support for children with congenital heart defects

  • A bereavement support program for the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit

  • Providing birthday and sympathy cards for medically complex patients

In addition, CMN Hospitals provides trainee research awards. These awards support the pediatric providers of tomorrow, enabling current medical students to begin research projects that may garner additional funding from outside entities. 2023 projects include a research study on weight stigma and its impact in pediatric healthcare settings, and a study to improve vaccine-aided immunity in children who have received organ transplants at Duke.

Small donations, enormous impact


Your round up at a register at a corporate partner campaign or the $10 you give to a peer-to-peer fundraiser may seem small, but each donation adds up to an incredible impact. Thanks to our CMN Hospitals partners and supporters, miracles are made every day at Duke Children’s.