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Salinas Girl Launches CMN California Champion Campaign

SALINAS, CA, February 28, 2014 – It’s hard to imagine any actor on Oscar night getting a better red carpet reception than the one Molly Hall of Salinas enjoyed today. The Monterey Marriott and its staff literally rolled out a red carpet this morning as they welcomed the 8 year old to a party in her honor. The fanfare is because Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals selected Molly as 2014 California Champion.

“Molly is a champion and the perfect child to help tell the story of all of the good work being done by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals," says program director for Children’s Miracle Network at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Melissa Gross. “We are so proud to have our Salinas girl serve as an ambassador for the entire state.”

Molly has cerebral palsy and has never let her medical condition slow her down. Her family is grateful for the care and treatment she has received at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, one of nine CMN Hospitals in California. Molly will serve as the 2014 CMN California Champion to help educate people about how CMN Hospitals help local children. In Molly’s case, a pediatric crash cart purchased with CMN funds helped save her life during a visit to the emergency room in 2010.

To kick off the yearlong awareness campaign, Molly’s family escorted her through a crowd of cheering Marriott employees to an elevator that took her to the top floor of the hotel, overlooking Monterey Bay. Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, Monterey Mayor Chuck Della Sala, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System president/CEO Pete Delgado and Monterey Marriott General Manager Rene Boskoff were among the crowd congratulating Molly.

“This is such a great experience for Molly,” says Molly’s dad, Don Hall. “Molly has overcome a lot of challenges and has such a positive attitude. She inspires everyone she meets.”

Since partnering with CMN in 1989, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation has donated more than 11 million dollars to children’s medical services throughout the Central Coast. More than 17 million children are helped each year by CMN member hospitals. Much of the money raised in support of equipment and programs serving children is donated one dollar at a time during the popular CMN balloon campaign.

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